• What Is Cellulitis?

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Stephen N Lipsky MD
    Mar. 01, 2017

    Cellulitis is an infection that can affect the skin and/or the eyes.

    There are two types of cellulitis that affect the eyes:

    • preseptal
    • orbital

    Preseptal cellulitis only affects eyelid tissue. This type of cellulitis usually happens in children, especially young children.

    Orbital cellulitis affects the eye socket (called the orbit). This form of cellulitis can cause the eye or eyelid to swell, keeping the eye from moving properly.

    Orbital cellulitis is a serious condition. It often needs to be treated more aggressively than preseptal cellulitis.