access intranet after hours circle-arrow apply blog caret circle arrow close closer look community outreach community outreach contact contact us down arrow facebook lock solid find a provider find a clinical trial find a provider find a researcher find faculty find-a-service how to apply join leadership left arrow locations logo make a gift map location maximize minimize my chart my chart notification hp notification lp next chevron right nxt prev pay your bill play previous quality and safety refer a patient request a speaker request appointment request an appointment residents corner rss search search jobs Asset 65 submit a story idea symptom checker Arrow Circle Up twitter youtube Dino Logo External Link University Logo Color University Logo Solid Health Logo Solid Arrow Right Circle Book Calendar Date Calendar Search Date Diploma Certificate Dollar Circle Donate Envelope Graduation Cap Map Pin Map Search Phone Pills Podcast

Orbital & Tear Duct Conditions

Patients with Graves thyroid disease can have enlargement of the muscles that move the eye and surrounding fat. This causes bulging of the eyes and can result in lost vision. Orbital decompressions open up the sinuses and allow the fat behind the eyeball that surrounds these enlarged muscles to herniate into the sinus cavity. This often improves vision.

Other patients can have blockage of the tear ducts that drain into the nose, resulting in tears that run down the cheek. Endoscopic surgery to open up the tear duct into the nose can easily alleviate this problem.

These surgeries around the eye are performed in close cooperation with oculoplastic surgeons from the MUSC Department of Ophthalmology.