The term anophthalmic socket refers to the situation where the eyeball has been surgically removed or was congenitally absent at birth.
The anophthalmic socket comes with long-term changes in the eyelids and volume of the orbit. The eye socket appears sunken back, the upper and lower eyelids become droopy and there is significant volume loss within the bony orbit. All these changes lead gradually to instability of the eye prosthesis that typically keeps falling out. The socket reconstruction is complex and requires usually more than one procedures to restore a satisfactory appearance and function.