Orbital Tumors

About Orbital Tumors

Tumors are cells that grow out of control. They can be benign and harmless or cancerous. Orbital or eye socket tumors grow from the muscle, nerves, or skin cells surrounding the eyeball. 


Symptoms of orbital tumors include:

  • Changes in vision, shadows or flashing lights, double vision, or partial or complete vision loss
  • Bulging eyeballs
  • Closing of the eyelids
  • Growing eyelid lumps
  • Eye redness
  • Bleeding from the nose, sinus pain, and pressure or sinus infections
  • Change or loss of ability to smell
  • Sinus pain, pressure, and infections


Columbia ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing orbital tumors in a variety of ways, including:

  • Imaging – This includes computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasounds
  • Biopsy – Small tissue sample gets surgically removed and sent to the lab's pathologists for analysis

Treatments We Offer

At Columbia, our experienced ophthalmic oncologists will do everything possible to treat your orbital tumors, which may include:

  • Surgery – Surgical removal of the tumor
  • Radiation Therapy – External radiation therapy to minimize and destroy the tumor

Why Choose Columbia?

At Columbia, we have the expertise and the multidisciplinary approach to treating your tumor and making sure you are happy with the results. We not only care about your health and keeping you cancer-free, but our team of specialists, including oculoplastic and reconstruction surgeons, will make sure your appearance is the best it can be.