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Orbital fractures refer to breaks or cracks in the bones surrounding the eye socket. These fractures can result from various causes, including trauma to the face, such as car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. When an orbital fracture occurs, it can lead to symptoms such as swelling, bruising, double vision, difficulty moving the eye, or even a sunken appearance of the eye.

Dr. Kian Eftekhari specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orbital fractures at the Eyelid Center of Utah. With his expertise in oculofacial plastic surgery, he provides comprehensive care to address orbital fractures and restore both function and aesthetics to the affected area.

Causes of Orbital Fractures

Orbital fractures can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Trauma: Direct impact to the face, such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls, or physical assaults, can cause orbital fractures.
  • Sports Injuries: Participating in contact sports without proper protective gear can increase the risk of orbital fractures.
  • Work-Related Accidents: Individuals involved in occupations with a high risk of facial trauma, such as construction workers or military personnel, may be susceptible to orbital fractures.
  • Age: Older adults may experience orbital fractures due to a decrease in bone density and strength.

Symptoms of Orbital Fractures

Common symptoms associated with orbital fractures include:

  • Swelling and Bruising Around the Eye: Orbital fractures often result in visible signs of trauma, such as swelling and bruising.
  • Double Vision: Damage to the muscles or nerves controlling eye movement can lead to double vision or difficulty focusing.
  • Pain and Tenderness: Patients may experience pain or tenderness around the eye socket, especially when touching the area.
  • Sunken Appearance of the Eye: Severe fractures can cause the eye to appear sunken or displaced within the orbit.

Treatment Options for Orbital Fractures

The treatment approach for orbital fractures depends on various factors, including the severity of the fracture, the extent of tissue damage, and the presence of associated injuries. Dr. Kian Eftekhari offers a range of treatment options for orbital fractures, including:

  • Observation: In some cases, minor fractures may not require surgical intervention and can be managed through close observation and conservative measures.
  • Surgery: Severe or complex orbital fractures may necessitate surgical repair to realign the bones and restore normal anatomy. Surgical techniques may involve the use of implants, plates, or screws to stabilize the fracture and promote healing.
  • Pain Management: Patients experiencing pain or discomfort due to orbital fractures may benefit from pain management strategies, including medications and localized therapies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Orbital Fractures

Contact Us for Your Personalized Consultation

For personalized evaluation and treatment of orbital fractures, schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Kian Eftekhari, a renowned expert in oculofacial plastic surgery, at the Eyelid Center of Utah. Dr. Eftekhari specializes in providing individualized care tailored to each patient’s unique needs and concerns. During your consultation, Dr. Eftekhari will conduct a thorough evaluation, discuss your symptoms and medical history, and formulate a personalized treatment plan to address your orbital fracture effectively. Contact us today to take the first step toward restoring your eye health and function.

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