Run Time: 7 minutes
Author: Dr. Sam Killian
- Blunt trauma to the face is associated approximately 60% of the time with an orbital fracture – the most common type is called a blowout fracture.
- The bones of the orbit are softer and weaker – blunt trauma dissipates energy throughout the eyeball complex so that the force is not just absorbed by the globe of the eyeball – acting like a crumple zone on a car.
- Medial wall and floor are weakest parts – which is where the majority of orbital fractures occur – lateral wall and orbital rim fractures are associated with higher impact force.
- Biggest complications with orbital fractures are to the globe itself such as an open globe or significant vision loss– this is the time to consult a facial surgeon emergently.
- Most orbital fractures will heal on their own – 95% of all orbital fractures can be followed up and managed as an outpatient.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/orbital-fractures/