Orbital Tumors Can Be Complicated

An orbital tumor manifests in the orbit, the bony socket in the front of the skull that contains the eye. The socket is a complicated structure that includes the eye itself along with muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. Even a tiny tumor in this small, crowded space can cause significant symptoms and functional effects. Larger tumors can cause the eye to bulge forward and cause serious vision problems. Board-certified ophthalmic plastic and cosmetic surgeon Michael Neimkin, M.D. at the Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Atlanta, GA. works closely with his patients to ensure the prompt diagnosis and treatment of an orbital tumor.

Types of Tumors

Orbital tumors can be benign or malignant. And, they can be either primary, or metastatic. Certain orbital tumors, mostly benign, occur commonly in children. Other life-threatening malignancies that benefit from the most advanced treatment options available are often diagnosed in adults.

An orbital tumor can be any one of a number of different tumor types:

  • Meningiomas: tumors that arise in the meninges, the protective covering that surrounds the brain and optic nerves.
  • Schwannomas/neurofibromas: which arise from the Schwann cells in the sheaths that cover nerves.
  • Optic gliomas: which arise from glial cells, the supporting cells in the brain.
  • Osteomas: which develop in bone.
  • Hemangiomas and lymphangiomas: tumors that develop in the vascular system.
  • Sarcomas: which arise from fatty tissue or muscle.
  • Fibrous histiocytomas: which arise from embryonic cells and are more commonly seen in children.
  • Retinoblastoma: most commonly found in children.

Treatment Protocol

The delicate nature of the eye calls for expert multidisciplinary team evaluation and treatment. An accurate diagnosis is critical to the development of a treatment plan, which may include endovascular surgery, traditional surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or other medical interventions. Dr. Neimkin is an expert who works as part of a team to care for your orbital tumor.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results will vary.


When it comes to your eyes, don’t ignore any symptom.  Complete our contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Neimkin. At the Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Neimkin and the staff take pride in only offering patients the highest level of care in a family-like environment. Our office serves patients in the metro Atlanta area including the surrounding communities of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Roswell. We look forward to helping you soon.

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