The orbit is the bony socket in which the eye is located. It consists of a floor, roof and walls on either side. It is possible for tumours to form in this space, between the eye and the bones. These tumours range in seriousness, from benign lumps that can be observed, to malignant tumours that require complex treatment regimens. These tumours can be congenital or acquired. They may involve other areas outside the orbit, including the sinuses or even the brain. Orbital tumours may arise from any of the tissue types that are normally found in the orbit, including blood vessels, nervous tissue, bone and lymphoid tissue.
Tumours of the eye sockets (orbital tumours) are relatively uncommon in the general population. An appropriate evaluation, early diagnosis and proper management in the form of surgery or other treatments ensures optimal visual outcome for the patient and also helps the patient lead a normal life.