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What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

Observe/operate: Following an orbital fracture there can be some temporary swelling and muscle trauma that can lead to double vision. This swelling can lead to temporary double vision. This should resolve within a week or so. If not surgery will most likely be required. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I have an orbital fracture and have diplopia on downward gaze which hasn't improved for over 3 weeks. Is this normal?

Not normal: If you have an orbital fracture and now you are seeing double (diplopia) then you probably have an entrapped eye muscle. You need to see an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Will orbital fracture kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will orbital fracture kill me if I don't get treatment?

No but other issues: It won't kill you to not repair an orbit fracture but you could have other problems. Unrepaired orbit fractures can lead to permanent double vision or cause the eye to sink down or back into the head. All eye socket fractures should be carefully evaluated by an eye doctor and a facial surgeon who does facial fracture repairs. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for orbital fracture?

What is the treatment for orbital fracture?

Depends where it is: Any injury to the eye socket bones can be serious. Not all require surgical repair but it is essential that you have a complete eye exam to be sure there is no injury inside the eye. The decision on whether the fracture needs surgery depends on where it is, how large it is and whether it affects the nerves or muscle around the eye. ...Read more

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Fractured orbital socket would give me double vision, right?

Fractured orbital socket would give me double vision, right?

Not necessarily: While double vision can be a symptom of an orbital fracture, not all orbital fractures cause double vision. If you are concerned about a fracture, especially if you were struck in the eye, you should see your doctor, even if you don't have double vision. ...Read more

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Will surgery cure the numbness on my face caused by an orbital fracture?

Will surgery cure the numbness on my face caused by an orbital fracture?

No: Most likely not. Numbness is most likely due to involvement of the infraorbital nerve, which provides sensation to the front part of your cheek. Depending on when your injury took place, will most likely resolve with tincture of time, though some folks will always have some area of numbness. ...Read more

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I heard that I may have an orbital fracture w/ entrapment. Do I need surgery for that?

I heard that I may have an orbital fracture w/ entrapment.  Do I need surgery for that?

Orbital Fracture: Greetings. By definition an orbital fracture with entrapment becomes a surgical consideration in the right patient. First you would need to have double vision with upward gaze. Also your eye movements would need to be limited because of the fracture limiting muscle movement. A CT image is usually needed prior to surgery. Finally seeing an experienced board certified surgeon is recommended. GL ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more