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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is orbital blowout fracture?

An injury where the bones surrounding the eye are fractured. This is usually the result of severe impact to the front of the eye (e.g. a golf ball).

Symptoms of orbital blowout fracture

  • Injury to area around the eyes

  • Double vision

  • Eye pain

  • Eyeballs cannot move properly, and cannot look in a certain direction

  • Eyes point in different directions i.e. squint or cross-eyes

  • Difficulty seeing on one side

Questions your doctor may ask to check for orbital blowout fracture

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose orbital blowout fracture

  • Have you ever had an eye injury or an injury around the eye?

  • Do you have double vision?

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you have problems moving your eyes in a specific direction?

  • Do your eyes point in different directions (squint or cross-eyes)?

Treatment for orbital blowout fracture

Treatment is divided into several stages. Initially, antibiotics may be given, and instructions given not to blow the nose as this can worsen swelling. An eye specialist may be required to ensure there is no permanent eye damage. A facial bone specialist may discuss if surgery is needed.

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