Trauma to the eye socket is common and can cause a number of problems including cuts and lacerations to the skin and eyelids, damage to the tear ducts and also fractures of the paper-thin bony walls of the eye socket.
Eyelid and tear-duct injuries which require surgical repair are highly specialised and should only be performed by an oculoplastic surgeon. Fractures of the eye socket commonly cause problems with double vision and sometimes can make the eye appear sunken and hollow. These types of fractures may require the use of implants to restore and support the eye socket. The incisions required for this type of surgery are usually hidden on the inside of the eyelids.