Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Tumors within the bony orbit, or eye socket, should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. Even a benign tumor may cause pain or damage to the eye or optic nerve. The tumor may also push the eye forward, creating a bulging appearance and making it difficult to close the eye completely.
To determine the presence of a tumor, testing will be performed. This may include a CT scan or MRI. Sometimes a mass can be located during physical examination of the area around the eye. Your doctor may be able to determine the type of tumor based on imaging studies, and will recommend treatment based on these findings.
There are numerous treatment options available for orbital tumors, depending upon the type of tumor and its size and location. In some cases, surgery will be recommended to fully remove the tumor. In other cases, it may be best treated with chemotherapy, radiation or immunotherapy.