An orbital fracture happens when one or more bones surrounding one of your child's eyes is broken. The orbit is the bony structure around the eye.
This condition often occurs after an injury or a strike to the face. Depending on where the fracture is located, it can cause severe eye injury and damage.
This fracture is more likely in adolescent and young adult males who play certain sports. These include baseball and softball.
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of this condition may be similar to symptoms of other health problems. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask you about your child’s health history. He or she will also give your child an exam. Your child may also need the following tests:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Your child’s treatment may include the following.
Your child’s doctor will do a complete evaluation of your child’s eye.
Some fractures don’t have to be treated right away. Your child’s healthcare provider may suggest waiting until the swelling and bruising goes away before treating it. Double vision may go away on its own in 3 to 4 days.
If your child has a severe fracture, he or she may need surgery. Your child may also need surgery if the fracture affects his or her eye. Your child may have surgery right away or several days after he or she gets hurt.
Orbital fractures may cause serious eye injuries. These are medical emergencies and need to be treated right away.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: