Around six months back a young man Praveen, aged 25 stepped into our reception with mild pain in his left eye. There was blood in the clear part of his eye and the lower eye leash was slightly swollen. Around his eye, blackish bruising was seen. He felt uneasy to wait and urged our staff to take him to the doctor. Quickly he was brought before our maxillofacial surgeon. After a talk and a few minutes of check-up, it was found that he was accidentally hit by someone in a violent crowd, though fortunately, no fracture occurred to the rim of his eye.
What Is an Orbital Fracture?
Every eye of us is guarded safely by surrounded bones called orbit or eye socket. When a fracture occurred to this orbit due to an accident or punch by a person or any forced hit from anything (blunt force of injury), is an orbital fracture
What are the orbital fracture types?
If the orbit rim is broken it is called ‘Orbital rim fracture’. Most of the orbital fracture can have other facial injuries. ‘Blowout fracture’ is a fracture in the floor or inner wall of the orbit, causing damages to the supporting tissues and other structures around the eye due to a hit from anything. When the eye socket floor is pushed downward, due to trauma or blow and caused muscle and nerve damage is called ‘Orbital floor fracture’.
Diagnose and Treatment
Usually, an x-ray and CT scan imaging will reveal the clear depth of the fracture. The normal movement of the eye and the normal vision are also checked.
If the orbital fracture is severe, the patient may suffer double vision and a need for oculoplasty arises. In some cases, the surgeon may postpone the surgery for a week time to see if any natural healing is noticed in-between to avoid surgery. If the orbital fracture is small, in most cases surgeons may let it heal itself over time after applying an ice pack over the swelling and medication to continue for a period will be adviced.
In our case, since patient Praveen’s orbital fracture is found not severe, some emergency care and medication advice were given. The prescription included antibiotics and decongestant. He attained complete normalcy after ten days.
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