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Question:
What is cellulitis in the eye? What are the consequences if not treated appropriately?

Answer:
Cellulitis by definition does not occur "in the eye." For ophthalmologists, the term usually refers to an inflammation, an infection or both in the orbit of the tissues surrounding the eye. It can secondarily affect the eye, optic nerve, or even the brain, depending upon the nature of the process, including the offending organism. It certainly needs to be diagnosed and treated appropriately.

Answered by: Charles P. Wilkinson, MDDr. Charles P. Wilkinson

Categories: Eye Diseases

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