Purpose: To evaluate the effect of combined intralesional and sub-Tenon's administration of corticosteroids for the treatment of refractory periocular and orbital capillary haemangioma in a retrospective, non-comparative study.MethodsSeven infants with resistant periorbital and orbital capillary haemangioma who attended our tertiary centre from 2000 to 2005 were treated with an intralesional injection of a mixture of betamethasone 6 mg/cc and triamcinolone 10 mg/cc, by body weight, together with sub-Tenon's infusion of betamethasone 6 mg/cc and triamcinolone 40 mg/cc of a volume of 1 cc, close to the orbital lesion, in the same session. Visual axis, proptosis, pre- and post-treatment changes in four refractive parameters, and parental satisfaction were evaluated.ResultsNone of the babies had proptosis or visual axis obstruction after treatment. Mean spherical power decreased by 22.7% (P0.06). Mean spherical equivalent decreased in 34%, but the difference was not statistically significant (P0.09). No early or late ocular side effects were observed. Mean intraocular pressure results were normal before and immediately after treatment, and during the follow-up period. Parental satisfaction score during follow-up was 9/10. Mean time to improvement was 96.4358.3 days.ConclusionsCombined local corticosteroid administration by posterior sub-Tenons infusion and intralesional injection in babies with extensive capillary haemangioma is associated with a satisfactory anatomical and functional outcome and there were no ophthalmic side effects.