Can My Deep Set Eyes Be Improved by Placing A Graft Behind The Eyes?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I wonder if my deep set eyes can be treated by the same procedure which is done for enophthalmos? I heard from a doctor that cartilage can be implanted behind the eyeball. Is that possible?

A: Building up the orbital floor with any form of a graft works in enophthalmos because there exists expanded intraorbital volume and the graft is merely returning the intraorbital space to normal. The eyeball can be oushed up and out because there is space for it to go. where it was once was. In a normal or non-enophthalmic eye, there is normal intraorbital space and lessening that with a graft runs the risk of putting pressure on the eyeball. In other words, you are not going to push the eye out by putting in a graft without the potential risk of visual impairment.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana