We graded the overall cosmetic outcome of 56 patients who required excision of the eye. Each patient was then subjected to a more detailed analysis of the specific abnormalities associated with excision of the eye in order to discover which are associated most consistently with a poor cosmetic result. The only factor showing a statistically significant variation with the overall cosmetic outcome was the degree of upper lid sulcus. Taken individually the other features showed no statistically significant correlation. When each finding was scored, the averaged sum of the scores was related to cosmetic outcome with statistical significance. A method of quantifying orbital volume loss is described.