Orbital Fracture

Orbital Fracture

Diplopia field: limit on up or downgaze: r/o IR entrapment vs hemorrhage/edema alone: CTEvaluation - Full Ophthalmic Exam Plus

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The rates of injury were also compared between pure orbital floor fractures (only floor) and impure (floor and rim). Of patients who sustained a pure orbital floor fracture, intraocular injuries occurred in 5.6%, compared with only 2% that sustained an impure fracture. Intraocular injuries are more common in patients who sustained PURE orbital fractures than in patients with rim involvement (IMPURE) (p=0.05). This difference suggests that the mechanism of injury could not be the same in each; it could not simply be solely direct force transmitted to the rim as the buckling theory suggests.Intraocular Injuries






Globe to Wall:


Consequences of trauma

Double Vision

Illustrations of relevant orbital anatomy





Surgery Indications

Surgery Indications

  • residual marked diplopia w/in 30of 1o gaze 2o to restriction (of IR)

  • large (50%) floor fracture especially with large med wall fracture because likely to get enophthalmos

  • enophthalmos > 2 mm: usually there is initial proptosis 2o to orb infl/edema which resolves; if initial enophthalmos or no prop, later surgery for enophthalmos more likely


  • surgical repair easier within the originally 2 weeks

  • surgical steps: usually inferior fornix incision, pull up periorbita from orb floor, free tissues from fracture, implant (silastic or miniplate depending on size) over floor defect

Surgery Indications


Medial Orbital Fracture

Zygomatic Fracture

Orbital Apex Fracture

Orbital Roof Fracture

Orbital Emphysema


early surgery for marked muscle restriction confirmed on CT, forced duction


should observe 1-2 weeks, oral steroids (prednisone 1 mg/kg/day with taper) to decrease swelling and fibrosis


antibiotics (Keflex) and nasal decongestants (Afrin), tell patient not to blow nose to decrease orbital emphysema