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Orbital trauma: when would you need an oculoplastic consultation?

By kep2020 June 12, 2023

Orbital trauma, injury to the eye socket that houses the eyeball, can come from many different causes. Whether it’s an accident, sports injury or because of facial trauma, it’s critical to seek medical attention in a timely manner from a specialized doctor. When do you need an oculoplastic consultation?

If you’re dealing with orbital trauma, there really is no danger in seeking out an oculoplastic consultation. In fact, any orbital trauma should trigger a visit to an oculofacial plastic surgeon; at best you are cleared of damage that may not be visible to the naked eye, and at worst you are under the care of the right doctor for your injury in a timely manner. If you’re still wondering when to schedule a consultation, be on the lookout for these signs:

  • Vision problems following an injury. Blurred vision, double vision, a general decrease in vision or severe pain are all signs to seek further medical treatment. Failing to do so may result in a permanent change in your vision if not addressed quickly.
  • Changes in the appearance of the eye or eyelid. Swelling, drooping or general differences in appearance can indicate underlying damage. An oculoplastic surgeon can assess and treat the eye and surrounding structures.
  • Lacerations or fractures to the eyelids. Cuts or fractures are common as a result of orbital trauma. If not properly treated early on, cosmetic deformities or functional issues are possible. Oculoplastic surgeons specialize in the repair of both the function and aesthetic appearance of these structures.
  • Orbital bone fractures. While the eye is the most obvious cause for concern with orbital trauma, orbital fractures can affect the position and movement of the eyeball, even if the eye doesn’t sustain damage. Untreated, orbital fractures may cause a sunken or protruding appearance, double vision or difficulty moving the eyes.
  • Damage to the tear drainage system. When the tear drainage system at the interior of the eyelid is damaged, excessive tearing is common. The eye cannot drain tears by itself so reconstructive surgery is needed.

If you’re experiencing orbital trauma, don’t hesitate to reach out to an oculofacial plastic surgeon for consultation. Timely medical care can mean the difference between long-term damage or health. Call Dr. Kevin I. Perman at (301) 571-0000.