Enucleation: Removing your child's eye

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Enucleation is surgery to remove a damaged or diseased eye. Learn about the surgery and how to care for your child afterwards.

Key points

  • Enucleation is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged eyeball.
  • Your child will wear a temporary prosthetic eye for the first six weeks after surgery while the eye socket heals. Then your child will get a custom-fitted eye.
  • You will need to keep your child's eye socket clean and put medicine on it while it is healing.
  • Call the doctor if you see signs that the eye is infected, such as a change in the look or amount of mucus, a bad smell, redness, pain or fever.
  • Your child will need to wear eyeglasses to protect their good eye.
Last updated: July 24th 2014