Removal of the eye is a consideration for some people who are experiencing a blind painful eye (after trauma, surgery), severe uncontrolled infection inside the eye, eye cancer, or rupture of the eye. This is never an easy decision to make, and Dr. Hui will guide you every step of the way. The options include enucleation (removal of the entire eye) and evisceration (removal of the eye contents while leaving the white of the eye intact). Cosmesis is a vital concern in these cases. The goal is to provide a natural appearing eye that moves whenever possible. When possible, she will save the muscles of the eye that are responsible for its movement. Whether outpatient enucleation or evisceration is chosen, an implant will be placed in the eye socket to restore the lost volume. When the socket has healed (usually 1 month after surgery), she will coordinate the creation of a custom eye prosthesis for you. This prosthesis will be made to match your remaining eye and help provide the most symmetry possible. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Once the post-operative pain has subsided in a few days, the majority of patients find that the pain leading them to have surgery is totally resolved. Most patients resume their normal activities one week after surgery.