My mother woke up a couple of days ago and her eye felt strange. When she went to touch it it was bulging out of its socket. It didn't hurt and she could see just fine. She gently pushed it back in the socket and has not had any problem since. What could this be and how could this happen? Thanks!
"globe subluxation" is what that is called. that in and of itself is not TOO worrysome, but it never happens by itself...it is ALWAYS associated with OTHER PROBLEMS. thats what you have to figure out...WHY it happened. the most common causes are THYROID disease and tumors/masses behind the eye.
does your mother have known thyroid disease? if so, she needs to consider orbital decompression surgery. if not, she desperately needs a physical work-up for thyroid disease.
if thyroid disease is ruled out, then IMO you need to consider an MRI to rule out a tumor behind her eye.
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