The orbit is a series of bones that comprise the eye socket. Orbital fractures can result from trauma and may require surgical repair if accompanied by double vision, difficulty seeing, or deformity. Such surgery may involve exploration of the area to determine the full extent of the injury and implantation of various materials to rebuild and reinforce the wall of the orbit. Often times with an orbital trauma, the eyelid may have an injury that requires surgical repair as well. If coming for evaluation of a fracture, it is important to bring all X-Rays and scans so that they can help guide the surgical plan if needed.
Tumors and lesions can occur within the eye socket or behind the eye, requiring a biopsy and surgical treatment. These tumors may be benign, like a cyst or hemangioma (an abnormal build up of blood vessels), malignant or inflammatory in natureu MRI or CT imaging is usually necessary to fully evaluate the characteristics and extent of the lesion.
Orbital surgery is most often performed under a general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Not only will you be fully asleep throughout the procedure, you will not remember the experience due to the amnesia effects of the sedatives. You may also experience blurred vision, which could last up to a few days. Icing the area in the first 24 to 72 hours will help reduce inflammation and pain, though you may have bruising and swelling for up to ten days. Pain is rarely severe. You will be prescribed appropriate medication to ensure comfort after surgery.