Repairing Orbital Injuries

When considering treatment for a blowout fracture, it is of paramount importance to see an expert with extensive experience in the repair of this serious injury. Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson, both board-certified and possessing fellowship training in oculoplastic and eye plastic surgery, are uniquely qualified to correct orbital blowout fractures. Prioritizing eye health, they possess the highest degree of expertise in eye and orbital bony anatomy. With over 50 years of collective experience, they are exceptionally well-equipped to conduct a thorough examination and explore all viable treatment options with patients.

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What Is an Orbital Fracture?

A blowout fracture of the orbit is an injury that results in a fracture of the thin bones that surround the eye. A forceful impact to the bones around the eye can cause the thin bones surrounding the eye to “blow out” or fracture. This can leave the orbital bones out of position, which can affect eye muscle movement and cause a sinking of the tissues around the eye.

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Our skilled team utilizes advanced diagnostic tools and surgical techniques to ensure precise repair and optimal recovery. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, offering personalized treatment plans to restore both function and appearance. 

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What Are the Symptoms of a Blowout Fracture of the Orbit?

  • Double vision or restriction of eye movement, especially in up gaze
  • Numbness of the lower lid, lip, and cheek should make one suspicious of an orbital fracture
  • Eye pain, facial pain, and facial swelling.

In some cases, the eye itself is not seriously injured, but the lower eye muscles may become trapped in the broken bones. This can prevent the injured eye from moving normally, thus explaining the double vision or a pulling sensation on eye movement that often occurs.

How Is an Orbital Fracture Treated?

First, a complete eye exam is performed by an ophthalmologist to assess the extent of the eye injuries. Sometimes, eye injuries, such as eyeball and eyelid lacerations, can occur as a result of the blowout fracture. If the ophthalmologist suspects the presence of an orbital fracture, diagnosis of orbital fractures is best made by a CT scan. Once the fracture is reviewed on the CT scan and the patient is examined, Dr. Sherman will discuss what types of treatment are needed to repair the orbital fracture for best results. Treatment for a blowout fracture of the orbit includes cold compresses, pain medications, and wound irrigation and cleansing. Some injuries may require surgical repair to realign bones and restore normal eye movement. If there is only an orbital fracture and no other significant injury, surgical orbital fracture repair is often performed in an outpatient surgery center, with the patient usually being allowed to go home one to two hours after surgery. Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson perform an advanced technique for orbital blowout fracture repair, which is all done through a hidden incision behind the lower eyelid, minimizing visible scars. They also use a variety of the latest thin orbital implants to seal the hole in the orbit caused by the fracture. This surgery to place an orbital implant for orbital fracture repair often leaves little or no scarring, and the recovery period is usually brief.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

Dr. Sherman and Dr. Melson are specialists in eyelid surgery and facial aesthetics, with combined experience delivering personalized and VIP-level eye care spanning over five decades. Our focus centers on revitalizing and enhancing the natural appearance and functionality of the eyes and orbital area, specializing in treating orbital fractures. With a priority on giving each patient individualized attention, Sherman Aesthetic Center integrates the latest surgical and injectable techniques for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Our providers undergo rigorous training, consistently honing their skills through ongoing courses so we can provide the most advanced and innovative surgical and non-surgical solutions the field has to offer.

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