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Navigating eyelid and orbital trauma: Understanding treatment priorities and options

By kep2020 March 6, 2024

Eyelid and orbital trauma, though distressing, is not an uncommon occurrence. From minor lacerations to severe fractures, understanding the nuances of treatment priorities and available options is crucial for optimal outcomes.

Eyelid and orbital trauma refer to injuries affecting the delicate structures around the eye, including the eyelids, eye socket (orbit), and surrounding tissues. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe fractures and deformities. Common causes include accidents, sports injuries, assaults, and medical conditions such as tumors or infections.

When facing eyelid and orbital trauma, the primary focuses of treatment are to preserve vision while restoring function and aesthetics. Immediate medical attention is crucial, especially if there is any loss of vision, severe pain, or obvious deformity. A thorough evaluation will be conducted to assess the extent of the injury. This may involve visual acuity testing, examination of eye movements, or imaging studies like CT scans and MRIs.

Depending on the severity of the trauma, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair damaged tissues, stabilize fractures, and restore normal anatomy and function. Eyelid lacerations may require suturing, while orbital fractures may need surgical repair to prevent complications such as double vision or sunken eyes. Recovery from eyelid and orbital trauma may involve a combination of surgical procedures, rehabilitative therapies, and ongoing monitoring by your doctor.

As a patient, understanding the treatment priorities and available options for eyelid and orbital trauma is empowering. By actively participating in decision-making and advocating for your needs, you can work together with your oculoplastic physician to achieve the best possible resolution of your trauma.

Want to learn more about what sets Dr. Kevin Perman’s approach to eyelid and orbital trauma apart? Call (301) 571-0000.