Exposures of porous orbital implants can be avoided

May 1, 2003
William H. Bearden, MD

Michael T. Yen, MD

Dr. Yen is assistant professor of ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Richard L. Anderson, MD, FACS

Dr. Anderson is editor of Plastic Pearls, is medical director of the Center for Facial Appearances in Salt Lake City, UT.

In the past decade, porous orbital implants have become the implant of choice for many surgeons managing the anophthalmic socket after enucleation or evisceration. By permitting fibrovascular ingrowth, these porous implants are better able to resist infection, migration, and extrusion when compared with acrylic or silicone implants.