Injury and Facial Fractures

When injuries or accidents happen, patients are often rushed to multi-specialty hospitals. However, once life-threatening injuries are stabilized, or absent, immediate attention to the face, and particularly the eye region is important. Trauma can affect any structure of the eyelid, eyeball and the surrounding bones (fractures) depending upon the mechanism and force of injury. Eyelid is a delicate and important structure, and if injured, needs meticulous placement of stitches to preserve its normal shape and function. Injury to the tear ducts (canaliculus) within the eyelids require special placement of silicone tubes within them to keep them open while the injured eyelid heals. Fractures of the bone surrounding the eye (orbital walls) may cause the eye to sink back into its socket, lead to a facial deformity, poor eye movement, or loss of vision. More extensive injuries to facial bones may require a maxilla-facial surgeon to be one of the trauma team member.

A thorough examination is required to find out if the eyeball and surrounding structures are injured. This has to be followed by immediate repair of injured tissues by multispecialty approach by more than one eye specialist. The outcome of trauma repair entirely depends upon extent and severity of injury. Treatment may be needed in stages, and healing may continue for months. Health insurance will cover the costs of trauma repair.

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