Broken eye socket Guide

A broken eye socket is every bit as painful and awkward as it sounds. There are a number of bones that surround the eye, and impact injuries such as fractured eyebrow bones and hairline fractures to the eyebrow are more common than you may realise. Thankfully recovery time is comparatively swift – as little as ten days if surgical intervention is not needed.

How Can a Broken Eye Socket be Treated?

You may be asking yourself, “what do they do for a broken eye socket?” at this point – and with a Fractured Eye Socket, the NHS or a private doctor are the ‘they’ in question.

The truth is, this depends entirely on how severe the problem is. In some cases, patients will simply be told to avoid stimulating eye by watching television or using a computer, and to rest with an ice pack over the injury. In event of a severe injury, a surgeon and ophthalmologist may need to be called in.

So Surgery May Be Required?

Not always, but sometimes – and maybe even a plastic surgeon if the damage has caused major aesthetic changes, such as sunken or drooping eyes. Surgery for a broken eye socket is most often required when fragments of bone have penetrated further into the skull. If you need surgery for your eye injury, you’ll need to be very careful about how you follow up the procedure; be sure to contact us for information on any addition help you may be entitled to.

How Long Will Recovery Take?

Orbital fracture healing without surgery is quite a fast process – usually the swelling and side effects will calm down after around ten days. If surgery is necessary after this point, expect to wait at least three weeks before you regain full use of the damaged eye. It is imperative that you follow medical advice throughout this time, so do not hesitate to contact Medical Expert to discover if we can help in any way with physiotherapy or other assistance; you will not be able to do many things that you currently take for granted in the immediate aftermath of surgery on a broken eye socket.

Causes of a Broken Eye Socket

What could possibly cause so serious an injury as a broken eye socket? Boxing, or any other form of contact sport, is a popular answer to this question. Broken eye sockets are almost always impact injuries, and this means that a collision needs to occur to the upper face. An errant elbow on a football or rugby pitch, for example, or being struck in the eye by a hard ball during a game of cricket or baseball. There are other ways of inflicting trauma to the eye, such as road traffic accidents, but sports remain the most common occurrence.

Symptoms of a Broken Eye Socket

Fractured eye socket symptoms are many and varied. Many of them may appear innocuous or attributable to another ailment at first, such as puffy and swollen skin in the surrounding area, double or blurred vision, numbness in the surrounding area (due to nerve damage) and, of course, the bruising associated with a black eye. If you experience any of these problems following an impact to the eye, seek medical treatment, especially if the fractured eye socket is that of a child.

Contact Us to Find Out if You Qualify for Free Private Treatment

As you can probably imagine, losing the full use of an eye due to a fractured eye socket can be hugely debilitating for the injured party and their family. Medical Expert understands this entirely, which is why we are waiting for your call on 020 3870 4868 to discuss how we can help. Whether that takes of the shape of free physiotherapy, complementary painkillers or medical supplies or anything else, with our help you’ll be seeing clearly again.