Berkeley Eye Center of Houston oculoplastics surgery clinic offers cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive procedures of the areas surrounding the eyes, including the orbit, or eye socket. Blunt trauma can easily fracture the delicate bones that form the eye socket. The damage can impair vision and affect the appearance of the eye and face. If you have suffered an orbital fracture after an eye socket injury, it’s important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the injury.
Symptoms of an orbital fracture include:
- Limited range of eyeball motion
- Bruising and swelling around the eye
- Double vision
- A “sunken” eye
- Abnormally flat looking cheeks
- Swelling or deformity of the cheek or forehead
- Numbness or pain in the cheek or teeth
If you have been showing any of these symptoms after receiving a blow to the eye socket, please schedule an appointment to see a Houston oculoplastic surgeon at Berkeley Eye Center. We have extensive experience in repairing the delicate structures that make up the orbit and restoring the eye socket to its normal appearance and function.
The Orbit (Eye Socket)
The orbit, or eye socket, is a bony, cone shaped cavity in the skull that houses and protects the eye. Within the orbit, the eye is surrounded by the muscles that control movement as well as fat to cushion and stabilize the eye. The bony walls of the eye socket are not formed by a single bone, but a mosaic of seven bones. While the bones of the rim of the orbit are of ordinary thickness, those of the floor and nasal walls are eggshell thin and are easily damaged.
Treatment of Orbital Fractures
Treatment options depend on the type and severity of the fracture. For minor orbital fractures, treatments may include cold compresses, decongestants, antibiotics and pain medication. For more severe orbital fractures, oculoplastic surgery may be required to:
- Remove bone fragments
- Restore the normal appearance of the eye socket
- Restore the shape and position of the eyeball
- Relieve double vision
- Disentangle ocular muscles
We perform orbital fracture surgery on an outpatient procedure.
Orbital Fracture Oculoplastic Procedures in Houston
At Berkeley Eye Center, we’ve been protecting the vision of Houstonians for over 60 years. Our patients trust us to deliver the highest quality of treatment, care and support. Contact us today to learn more about oculoplastic surgery or to schedule an examination.