Some people are annoyed by the functional and aesthetic issues caused by a bulging eye. Then why do the eyes bulge abnormally causing exophthalmos?
Bulging eyes are caused by hypertrophic development of ethmoidal bullae of orbital bones.
The orbital bones, the eye socket, is composed of 4 parts to protect the eyes. If the eye socket is shallow, then, there is less room for the eyeball to be placed in it. As a result, the eyeball bulges out of the eye socket abnormally .
Congenital bulging eyes can be commonly caused by hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is overactive and makes excessive amounts of the thyroid hormone. Bulging eyes are one of the common symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
Since I have met many patients with bulging eyes and heard about their stories, I can assume that bulging eyes may possibly be related to problems in the lungs.
After keeping track of the lifestyle of the bulging eye patients, it has been found that most of them have repeated similar behaviors, which put an instant pressure on the lungs during inhalation.
Behaviors instantly pressurizing the lungs include the act of suspending breath while dancing, singing, and playing a wind instrument, and habitual behaviors of suspending breath while playing sports such as swimming, diving underwater, and running.
In other words, when the breath is held, the pressure is added to the lungs. Then it is delivered to the honeycomb-type structure, the ethmoidal sinus, located between the eyes. If the behavior of suspended breathing becomes repetitive, it may lead to the expanding of the ethmoidal sinus. In this case, the room of the eye socket near the expanding ethmoidal sinus is reduced. As a result, the eyeball protrudes out of the eye socket.
In addition, based on the years of analysis of accumulated clinical experience, it can be inferred that frequent expression of anger oremotional changes due to excessive stress is another cause of bulging eyes.
Patients who are eager to receive treatment for their bulging eyes may hesitate to undergo surgeries for fear of postoperative scars and possible side effects. However, an exophthalmos surgery has become a verysafe operation thanks to more advanced plastic surgery procedures and technologically advanced medical devices.
‘Orbital Expanding Surgery’, which is one of the exophthalmos surgery types, has been highly acclaimed by patients because it can correct complex in their life with shallow orbital bones with no harm to the eyes.
The next column will cover the eye socket expanding surgery which will resolve the root cause of the bulging eye.