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Facts of Periorbital Cellulitis

Periorbital cellulitis, also known as preseptal cellulitis, is an infection that occurs in the tissues around the eyes. It would be triggered by minor trauma in the eyelid or the spread of other infections. The most common symptoms include swelling or redness of the eyelid and surrounding skin. Antibiotics can be an effective treatment option, but it could become more severe if you leave it untreated. Read on to learn some basic facts about periorbital cellulitis.

Differences Between Periorbital and Orbital Cellulitis

Periorbital cellulitis and orbital cellulitis are two common infections in the eyes. Their main differences lie in the exact infected area. Periorbital cellulitis happens in the periocular region anterior or the tissue of our eyelids. On the other hand, orbital cellulitis happens in the soft tissues of our orbit posterior. In most cases, periorbital cellulitis is much milder than orbital cellulitis, which would result in some severe complications like blindness, permanent vision loss, or even death. But if left untreated or treated so late, periorbital cellulitis can also spread to your eye socket and cause orbital cellulitis. [1]