Trauma and Fractures
Trauma around the eyes can often cause the thin bones around your eyes to break. Most often the very thin floor of the bony orbit is fractured, followed by the inner wall, outer wall, and upper wall (floor). Orbital fractures can sometimes be observed without needing surgery; however, if double vision is present and/or the movement of the eye is suboptimal, surgery is recommended to improve the movement of the eye and to prevent a “sunken in” look (enophthalmos). Best results are obtained when surgery is planned in the first 2-3 weeks after the incident.
The best treatment for trauma complications is to prevent the trauma from occurring in the first place. It is important to take the necessary precautions to protect the eyes during sports and other potentially dangerous activities.