top of page


This is a nonspecific term where the eye protrudes abnormally from its socket. It can affect one or both eyes, and may be part of a more widespread disease. The protrusion can be due to a build-up of fluid behind the eye caused by a systemic virus or bacterial infection. The development of abscesses or a tumour inside or behind the eye may also cause it to protrude, as can gas bubbles in some marine fish. The eyes require careful examination under an anaesthetic to determine the underlying cause before treatment is considered.

bottom of page