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Orbital Fractures

Orbital & Eye Socket Fracture Treatment & Symptoms

What Is an Eye Socket Fracture?

An orbital fracture is when there is a break in one of the bones surrounding the eyeball (called the orbit, or eye socket). Usually this kind of injury is caused by blunt force trauma, when something hits the eye very hard. You should always seek treatment from an eye doctor if you think you might have an eye socket fracture.

How Do You Know if You Have an Orbital Fracture?

Swelling, pain, bruising, and bleeding are common eye socket fracture symptoms. Nausea and vomiting may also occur. An orbital fracture is more severe when it keeps the eye from moving properly, causes double vision, or has repositioned the eyeball in its socket.

What Happens in Eye Socket Fracture Treatment?

In many cases, orbital fractures do not need to be treated with surgery. However, it may take several weeks or longer to fully recover. People with an orbital fracture should avoid certain activities, including blowing their noses, for a while as they heal. In the case of a more severe orbital trauma, the ophthalmologist may refer the patient to an oculoplastic surgeon, like Dr. Rhonda Barrett, for surgery.

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