The bony socket of the skull where the eye rests is known as the orbit. Its function is to hold the eye in place and to protect the eye and the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels connected to it. The socket rim is fairly strong, because it is comprised of thick bones. The floor of the socket and the portion that is next to the nose are much thinner and much more fragile.
Eye-socket fractures commonly occur as a result of vehicular accidents, getting hit with a ball while playing sports, and other accidents that causes direct trauma to the face. There are several types of eye-socket fractures:
- Orbital rim fractures
- Indirect orbital fractures
- Direct orbital fractures
If you have suffered a traumatic injury to the face and are in need of help to diagnose or treat your facial fracture, contact our office to schedule a consultation with oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Lewen.