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GITAM DENTAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL
ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
ORBITAL ANATOMY &
Dr. Sambhav K Vora
1. Orbital anatomy
2. Orbital trauma
a. Aim & objective
d. Clinical presentation
e. Ophthalmic evaluation
g. Specialized investigation
i. Postoperative ophthalmic examination
Orbit is a bony cavity shaped like a pyramid with its apex at optic foramen.
Orbit growth is 85% completed at 5 yrs and growth is finalized between 7yrs to puberty.
Seven bones contribute to the formation of the orbit –
Maxillary, Zygomatic, Frontal, Lacrimal, Ethmoidal, Sphenoidal, Palatine.
Importance of orbit: to protect vital structures present within the orbital cavity, because globe is
surrounded by fat &medial wall &floor of the orbit are thin ,so forces transmitted to the globe allows
fracture of the orbit without significant globe injury &this accounts for the higher incidence of the
fracture of the orbit as compared to open globe injuries.
Superiorly – Anterior cranial fossa and frontal lobe.
Inferiorly – Maxillary sinus.
Medially – Nasal cavity,Ethmoid sinus.
Laterally – Temporal fossa.
Posteriorly – Middle cranial fossa & temporal lobes of brain.
Roof –it is formed by Orbital part of frontal bone and lesser wing of sphenoid (Posteriorly).
Medial wall –
Extending in front from anterior lacrimal crest,running backwards across lacrimal bone
and then to paper thin orbital part of (lamina papyracea) and finally to bony of sphenoid.
Between anterior and posterior lacrimal crest is the fossa for lacrimal sac, which leads
down into nasolacrimal canal.
At junction of roof and medial wall, lie anterior and posterior ethmoidal foramina.
Distance from anterior lacrimal crest to anterior ethmoidal foramen is 24 mm,from
anterior ethmoidal foramen to posterior ethmoidal foramen is12 mm,from posterior
ethmoidal foramen to optic foramen is 6 mm.so total distance from anterior lacrimal crest
to optic foramen is 42mm.
Lateral displacement of frontal process of maxilla, to which medial palpebral ligaments
are attached, produces a condition called traumatic telecanthus.
TRAUMATIC TELECANTHUS: It is bilateral displacement of medial palpebral ligaments by
outward movement of their bony attachments or avulsion.
Intercanthal distance has to be known for checking telecanthus:
Waardenburg states (1951)-33mm to 34mm in males
32 mm to 33mm in females.
Freihofer (1980)- 26mm to 38mm in males(avg 31.7)
30.8 In females.
Average interpupillary distance is 55 mm.
Lateral wall – (5cm long)
This wall separates orbit from temporalis muscle.
Formed by zygomatic bone and greater wing of sphenoid.
Posteriorly there is a gap called superior orbital fissure between lateral wall and roof
which lies in middle cranial fossa.
Inferior orbital fissure – between lateral wall and floor which lies in pterygopalatine and
infra temporal fossa.
Contents of Superior orbital fissure:
superior ophthalmic vein,
Inferior ophthalmic vein.
The last 3 contents are found within the muscle cone
Any trauma which causes direct compression or compression hematoma on the contents
of superior orbital fissure produces a condition called superior orbital fissure syndrome
or full blown syndrome.
Features of full blown syndrome:
Loss of sensation over forehead-because of involvement of supratrochlear &supra
Edema of periorbital region-involvement of ophthalmic vein
Proptosis-because of intraconal &extraconal hemorrhage
Dilation of pupil-because of blocking of parasympathetic supply via occulomotor
Opthalmoplegia-involvement of occulomotor ,trochlear &abducent nerve
Loss of corneal reflex-involvement of nasociliary branch.
Loss of direct light reflex-occulomotor nerve
Contents of inferior orbital fissure
Floor – it is formed by orbital surface of maxilla, laterally by zygomatic bone &posteriorly by
orbital process of palatine bone.
Infra orbital foramen lies about 1 cm below the middle of the infra orbital margin.
Shape: triangular with rounded corners, being narrower posteriorly &merging medially with
orbital plate of ethmoid.floor slopes upwards &medially at 45degrees.
Floor is very thin, about 0.5cm thick &is further weakened by infra orbital grooves
&canals.meadial to this line only most blow out fracture occurs.
Lateral rim- formed by frontal process of zygomatic bone &zygomatic process of frontal bone.
Approximately 0.75 cm above the rim, lacrimal gland is located. Pilot hole should be commenced
1.5 cm above the frontozygomatic suture &0.5 cm behind the rim, penetration should not be more
than 0.75 cm
About 1 cm below the suture &3 mm inside the rim .whitnalls tubercle is present; transosseous
wiring should be avoided at this area.
Superior rim: more rounded, as it passes medially, where it overlies the outer limit of frontal sinus.
Any injury to this area supra orbital & supratrochlear nerves &vessels will also be affected.
Medial rim: as medial palpebral ligament is attached to this part, displacement of bone in this
region causes displacement of canthal &suspensory ligaments.
Inferior rim: just within the rim, a small depression which marks origin of the inferior oblique
muscle ,only muscle not arising from back of the orbit.
RONTAL’S relationship of important structure to well define landmarks in the walls:
Infra orbital foramen to midpoint of inferior orbital fissure-24 mm
Frontozygomatic suture to superior orbital fissure -35mm
Supra orbital notch to superior orbital fissure -40 mm
Supra orbital notch to superior aspect of optic canal-45mm
Subperiosteal dissection should not be extended more than 25mm posterior to inferior &lateral rim
and 30 mm from superior rim &anterior lacrimal crest
Are movable folds covered externally by thin skin &internally by transparent mucous membrane
called palpebral conjunctiva which is reflected onto the eyeball, which continuous with bulbar
conjunctiva, which is thin, transparent &attached to anterior surface of eyeballs.
Superior &inferior eyelids are strengthened by superior &
inferior tarsi. Between the nose and medial angle of the
eye is MEDIAL PALPEBRAL LIGAMENT, which
connects tarsi to medial margin of the orbit.orbicularis oris
originate & inserts into this. LATERAL PALPEBRAL
LIGAMENT arises from tarsi &attaches to the marginal
tubercle of whitnall’s on zygomatic bone just below the
zygomaticofrontal suture, inside the orbital margin.
Medial canthus is separated by a small triangular space
called lacus lacrimalis, in the centre there is a small pink
elevation called caruncle.
Antimongoloid slant-separation of lateral palpebral ligament at frontozygomatic suture produces the
appearance called Antimongoloid slant where in lateral canthi will be drooping downwards. Lateral
horn of levator tendon is also attached to this tubercle, so lowering of this structure along with
lowering of lateral attachment of suspensory ligament produces some degree of pseudoptosis.
Mongoloid slant: whenever there is fracture involving frontal process of the maxilla .medial canthal
ligament attached to this gets disturbed producing inferior displacement of bone resulting in
mongoloid slant .pseudoptosis is not seen here as medial horn of levator is poorly defined.
ORBITAL FASCIA: (periorbita) it forms the periosteum of the bony orbit. Due to its loose
connection to bone .it can be easily stripped.posteriorly it is continuous with duramater &with sheath
of optic nerve. Anteriorly it is continuous with periosteum lining the bones around the orbital
margin. At the upper & lower margins of the orbit .it send off flap like extension into the eyelids
called orbital septum. Periosteum is very thin & easily perforated, when carrying out exploration of
orbital floor so that periorbital fat can readily escape.
Bulbar fascia: (tenons capsule) surrounds the eyeball &separates it from orbital fat. triangular
expansions from medial &lateral recti forms medial &lateral check ligaments, which are attached
respectively to lacrimal and zygomatic bones. Sleeve of inferior rectus is thickened on its underside
&blends with sleeve of inferior oblique, as well as check ligaments to form SUSPENSORY
LIGAMENT (hammock like support for the eye).
ORBITAL SEPTUM: extends from periphery of the orbit to fuse with the attached margins of the
tarsal plate. It arises from the thickened periosteum,then passes over the orbital rim to enter the orbit
is pierced by various tendons, nerves &vessels.
Following nasoethmoidal fracture, surgical emphysema may result if patient has subsequently blown
the nose as air gets collected in the preseptal space, anterior to tarsal plate.
PERIORBITAL FAT: Frictionless packing materials upon which muscles can rotate the eyeball
within the capsule of tenon.two principal compartments within the orbit are
Central/intraconal-fusion of membrane with extra ocular muscle responsible for eye
Peripheral/extraconal-presents between muscles &periorbita.
Both of the above spaces contain fat
LACRIMAL APPARATUS: production &removal of tears. it consists of lacrimal
gland,lacrimal canaliculi,lacrimal sac,nasolacrimal duct.
Lacrimal gland-it is a serous gland with large orbital &small palpebral part. orbital part lies in
the lateral part of the roof of the orbit supported by aponeurotic tendon of levator palpebrae
superioris.closure of the eyelids begins at the lateral side of the upper lid &moves medially so
tears spread across the eye. At the medial end, low elevation at lid margin called lacrimal
papilla surrounded by lacrimal punctum which opens into lacrimal canaliculus which convey
tears to lacrimal sac. And from there to nasolacrimal duct, which is 2 cm long, slopes
downwards, backwards &laterally &opens into anterior part of the inferior meatus 2 cm
behind the nostril.
MUSCLES OF THE ORBIT:
Extra ocular muscle:
Voluntary -1.rectus: superior
2. Oblique: superior
3. Levator palpebrae superioiris
Involuntary-superior tarsal muscle
Inferior tarsal muscle
Four recti muscle arises from a common tendinous ring &inserted into the sclera.
Superior oblique arises from body of sphenoid &inserted into the sclera.
Inferior oblique muscle arises from the orbital surface of the maxilla
Levator palpebrae superioiris arises from the orbital surface of the lesser wing of the
Nerve supply: all the muscles of orbit are supplied by occulomotor nerve except superior
oblique &lateral rectus.
Superior oblique is supplied by trochlear nerve.
Lateral rectus is supplied by abducent nerve.
Movements of the eyes:
Superior rectus: moves eye in upward direction, medial direction&intortion.
Inferior rectus: moves eyes in downward direction, medial direction & extortion.
Superior oblique: moves eye in downward direction, lateral direction&intortion.
Inferior oblique: moves eyes in upward & lateral direction&extortion.
Medial rectus: moves eyes in medial direction.
Lateral rectus: moves eyes in lateral direction.
1. To manage trauma or any injury to the orbital region by accurate diagnosis &appropriate
2. to correct diplopia &enopthalmos.
1. To eliminate cosmetic, functional &ophthalmic complications
2. To establish appropriate treatment modality for the achievement keeping complications in mind.
CLASSIFICATION OF ORBITAL FRACTURES
ORBITAL WALL FRACTURES
1. Blow out fractures
a. pure blow out fracture
b. impure blow out fracture.
2. Blow In fracture.
ISOLATED ORBITAL RIM FRACTURE:
ISOLATED ORBITAL WALL FRACTURE:
ORBITAL FRACTURES WITH FOUR
a. Four letters defining the localization:
F: frontal, N: nasal, M: maxilla, Z: zygomatic bone.
b. Two acronyms describing fragment shift:
IN: blow in, OUT: blow out.
c. Four numbers defining ocular movement impairment:
1. Superior, 2. Internal, 3. Inferior, 4. External extrinsic muscular deficit.
d. Two acronyms defining eye position:
EX: exopthalmos, ENO: enopthalmos.
PEDIATRIC CLASSIFICATION OF ORBITAL FRACTURES15
Type 1: pure orbital fracture (40.7%)
Type 2: craniofacial fracture (35%)
Type 3: common fracture pattern (25.9%)
Mechanism of fracture is still unclear. Many theories have been put forward to explain the
This theory states that if a force was to strike any part of the orbital rim ,it
will cause walls to undergo a rippling effect &the force striking the rim will transfer to the weaker
portion especially the floor &cause them to distort &eventually fracture.
HYDRAULIC THEORY (Pfeiffer in 1943): He said that it is evident that the force of the blow
received by the eyeball was transmitted by it to the walls of the orbit with fracture of the delicate
portions. Therefore direct injury to the globe forcing it into the orbit was necessary.
Flaws regarding these theories:
1. Not isolating the striking force to specific areas of face.
2. Using dried fixed cadavers with lowered intra ocular pressure.
3. Some specimens having no orbital content.
CONVERSE &SMITH: due to increase in the hydrostatic pressure induced by direct trauma to the
FUJINO &MAKINO: entrapment of periorbital tissue between fractured orbital segments.
LENDING: bone elasticity facilitates deformations of orbital framework which in turn causes
fracture of the orbital floor.
according to LESTER 9
&his associates the following findings were found more frequently
Periorbital ecchymosis (100%)
Inability to elevate globe (90%)
Vertical diplopia (90%)
Infra orbital hypoesthesia (56%)
Depression of the globe (30%)
Along with this –
1. Visual acuity-it is tested independently for each eye using a snellen chart at a standard 20 foot
distance or a near card (standard type print at 14 inches)if a snellen s chart is not available. if
the patient wears corrective lenses ,then should be worn during examination.
2. Ocular motility
3. Visual fields-are tested for each eye ,one at a time by confrontation. this involves directly
aligning the patient s& examiners faces 2 feet apart(both maintaining direct front
gaze)&asking the patient to detect movement at the extremes of the examiner’s own visual
4. Color examination
5. Pupilary responses-Pupilary size, shape &symmetry should be evaluated, as well as light
reactivity. An irregular pupil often points towards the site of globe penetration or injury.
6. Fundoscopic examination
1) Standard radiographs-foreign bodies can be detected on plain films, but localization is
difficult. It is inadequate in evaluating internal orbital fractures &soft tissues.
2) Caldwell’s projection (superior, lateral, medial orbital rim and ethmoidal and frontal sinuses
are better viewed)
3) Water’s projection-allows visualization of orbital roof &floor blow fractures.
4) Lateral projections-may be used to study floor &posterolateral orbital wall
5) Basal &oblique projections may be used to evaluate the optic canal.
6) CT scan8
CT allows excellent visualization of orbital soft tissues as well as the ability to
simultaneously assess the intra cranial cavity when evaluating orbital trauma. Fractures are
best evaluated when the imaging plane is perpendicular to the fracture line.
Sagittal plane are most important radiological view in diagnosis of orbital floor blow out
fracture (view is however impractical and unnecessary).
Coronal plane CT scan provides successful diagnosis
Standard approach is 3mm axial and coronal
Coronal section shows orbital floor and roof fracture
Sagittal section shows anterior and posterior fracture margins.
Limitations of CT- 1.coronal ct is uncomfortable &often impossible to perform.
2. Sedation is frequently required in pediatric patients.
3 .cost of ct scanning is higher than the cost of standard radiographs.
4. Radiolucent foreign bodies are often missed on ct scan.
Limited use in orbital trauma.
Useful for assessing soft tissue involving such as incarceration of extra ocular muscles or
OBLIQUE SAGGITAL VIEW AS AN ADJACENT TO CORONAL CT12 (For the evaluation
of orbital floor fracture)
Location and the size of the fracture in the anteroposterior dimension and volume displaced from the
orbit into the maxillary sinus and the evidence of the inferior rectus muscle entrapment were
improved in this technique.
ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS – of the orbital wall fracture with a curved array transducer20
. It has
not yet reached the diagnostic quality of CT, but is a helpful diagnostic imaging tool in cases with
clear clinical symptoms.
Foreign bodies in the anterior orbit may be identified.
CDI (Color Doppler imaging) – recent ultrasound technique gives simultaneous two dimensional
imaging of structures and blood flow. Evaluates post traumatic high flow carotid cavernous fistula.
1. Forced duction test: a local analgesic solution is instilled into the conjunctival fornices
&tendon of the inferior rectus muscle is grasped by forceps through the conjunctiva &an atte
mpt made to rotate the eye upwards. Alternatively a suture may be passed through the tendon
for the same purpose but care should be taken to ensure the suture does not come in contact
with the cornea.
Use of succinylcho line provides sustained contraction
of the extra ocular muscles that interfere with the accurate interpretation of the forced duction
test up to 20 mins.
2. Electromyography – it is done by ophthalmologist. It helps in differential diagnosis of
combined injuries such as incarceration of inferior rectus muscle in association with
weakness of superior rectus.
3. Orbitography – it is a diagnostic technique based upon, injection of the radio opaque
contrast medium along the floor of the orbit.
1. Steroids to decrease orbital edema
Prednisolone 80 mg/ kg/day on 1 st day, followed by 60 mg next 24 hours, & then
followed by 40 mg for next 2 days
Hydrocortisone -1 gm /kg /day, with a tapering dose.
2. Antibiotics preoperatively incase of elderly patients and continued for 2 weeks post
3. I .v fluids in the form of mannitol 0.5 mg or 200 ml of 20 % solution should be given to
reduce any hemorrhage or hematoma
4. I .v acetazolamide 500 mg can be given to reduce hemorrhage & also intra ocular pressure to
5. Avoiding nose blowing for several weeks to avoid orbital emphysema.
Timing of repair5
1. Non resolving oculocardiac reflex with entrapment.
2. Early enopthalmos measuring more than 3 mm.
3. White eyed floor fracture, commonly seen in children.
Repair within 2 weeks
1. Symptomatic diplopia with a positive forced duction test.
2. Large orbital floor fracture that may cause enopthalmos.
3. Evidence of soft tissue entrapment on CT.
4. Progressive infraorbital hypoesthesia.
1. Minimal diplopia (not in primary or down gaze)
2. Good ocular motility
3. No significant enopthalmos i.e. not more than 1 -2 mm.
Criterion for surgical intervention
1. To release increased volume of the orbit.
2. To relieve any entrapment of the muscle
3. For proper functioning of the eye.
1. Critical condition of the patient.
2. Rupture of the globe
3. Single eye functioning
Steps involved in surgical intervention:
i. Approach to the fractured site
ii. Selection of graft material
iii. Placement of graft material
iv. Stabilization of graft material
v. Repositioning of periosteum
vi. Repositioning of the tissues
1. Access to orbital floor is made through various approaches.
Once the skin is incised, the surgeon has three options. The first is to dissect between the skin and the muscle
until the orbital rim is reached, at which point another incision through muscle and periosteum is made to the
bone. The second option is to incise through muscle at the same level as the skin incision and dissect down
just anterior to the orbital septum to the orbital rim. The third option is a combination of these in which
subcutaneous dissection toward the rim proceeds for a few millimeters followed by incision through the
muscle at a lower level, producing a step-incision, then following the orbital septum to the rim.
The first flap is technically difficult to elevate and accidental "buttonhole" dehiscence can occur. A further
problem that may occasionally be seen is a slight darkening of the skin in this area after healing. Presumably,
the skin flap becomes avascular and essentially acts as a skin graft. An increase in the incidence of ectropion
has also been noted by some investigators with this approach. Entropion and lash problems have occasionally
been experienced after this "skin only" flap
The second option, in which the dissection is made between muscle and orbital septum, is technically less
difficult. Care must be taken, however, because the thin orbital septum can be easily violated, causing
periorbital fat to herniate into the wound
The third technique, in which a layered dissection is used, avoids the disadvantages of the
Others. The main advantage of the "stepped" incision through skin and muscle is that the pretarsal
Fibers of the orbicularis occuli can be kept attached to the tarsal plate, presumably assisting in
maintaining the position of the eyelid and its contact with the globe postoperatively
Incisions are made 2mm below the edge of the eyelid and a mid tarsal incision is made between the
edge and the orbital rim. First protection of the globe has to be done with the help of temporary
tarsorraphy suture or scleral shell. There is a skin crease which is situated about 2 to 3 mm away which
provides a convenient line to follow. This incision is made through skin only. The skin is then reflected
down, by blunt dissection, until it is free from the pretarsal part of the orbicularis occuli. The muscle
fibers are then spread to expose the periosteum of the lateral border initially. Sub muscular dissection is
continued until septum orbitale is seen. Most surgeons try not to incise the septum in that it causes
herniation of orbital fat through it. This can be difficult to manage. It also will reduce the risk of vertical
lid shortening. From this the infraorbital rim can easily be identified. Therefore periosteal incision and
elevation can take place. Elevation of the orbital contents to expose any floor defect can be
i. Quick and easy to do
ii. Estimation of giving incision can easily be done in case of edema
iii. Scar inversion is greatly diminished.
i. Highest incidence of ectropion.
ii. Vertical lid shortening.
ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUE: EXTENDED LOWER EYELID APPROACH
The incision for the "extended" subciliary approach is exactly as described for the standard
subciliary incision, but the incision must be extended laterally approximately 1 to 1,5 cm in a
natural crease . If no natural skin crease extends laterally from the lateral palpebral
fissure, the extension can usually be made straight laterally, or slightly inferolaterally.
Supraperiosteal dissection of the entire lateral orbital rim is performed with scissor
dissection to a point above the frontozygomatic suture . The orbicularis occuli
musculature and superficial portion of the lateral canthal tendon are retracted as the dissection proceeds
With retraction, an incision through the periosteum 2 to 3 mm lateral to the lateral orbital
rim is made from the highest point obtained with supraperiosteal dissection . The
periosteal incision is connected to the one described from the standard approach to the orbital floor
and infraorbital rim . Subperiosteal dissection must strip all of the tissue from the
orbital floor and lateral orbital wall. This includes stripping the insertions of the deep portion of the
lateral canthal tendon, Lockwood's suspensory ligament, and the lateral check ligament, from the
orbital (Whitnall's) tubercle of the zygoma. Generous subperiosteal dissection deep into the lateral
orbit allows retraction of these tissues to expose the frontozygomatic suture.
The transconjuntival incision, also called the inferior fornix incision, is a popular approach for
exposure of the orbital floor and infraorbital rim. Two basic transconjuntival approaches, the
preseptal and retroseptal, have been described. These approaches vary in the relationship of the
orbital septum to the path of dissection (Fig. 3-1). The retroseptal approach is more direct than the
preseptal approach and easier to perform. The periorbital fat may be encountered during the
retroseptal approach, but this is of little concern and causes no ill effects. A lateral canthotomy is
frequently used with transconjunctival incisions for improved lateral exposure. The approach that
will be demonstrated here is the retroseptal transconjunctival approach with a lateral canthotomy
This approach involves no disruption of the outer surface of the eye lid. In this method the lower lid is
pulled forward & held by traction suture which is inserted into the margin of the lower eyelid .a small
incision is made 3 mm below the tarsal plate on the medial aspect .tissues are then separated on a plane
superficial to orbital septum but deep to orbicularis oculi muscle,using blunt dissection &a small guaze
swabs until the orbital rim is reached. The periosteum is then divided just above the infra orbital foramen
&elevated from the lateral to medial aspect until the rim is reached.
To help increase the laxity of the lid a lateral canthotomy can be performed. This will allow the edge of
the tarsus to be seen. Two methods can then be used to achieve access to the floor. Preseptal or
The preseptal incision is where the incision is made at the edge of the tarsus.this will ensure that the
space can be created in front of the orbital septum to reach the orbital rim,
The retroseptal incision involves incision 2mm below the tarsus,however dissection to get to orbital rim
i. Excellent asthetic results and quick to do.
ii. No skin muscle resection
iii. Low incidence of ectropion
iv. Scar can rarely be seen
i. Limitation of access
ii. Medial extent is limited
2. Tissues are then separated on a plane superficial to the orbital septum, but deep to orbicualris
oculi muscle using blunt dissection and small gauze swabs, until rim is reached. Periosteum is
now divided just above the infraorbital foramen and elevated from lateral to medial side.
Retraction is maintained by means of malleable copper strip. This allows elevation of
periorbita along the floor and release of entrapped orbital contents.
3. After release of entrapped contents, repair is carried out by means of grafts12.
Auto grafts – are used for larger defects. Different types of auto grafts used are
Inner plate of ileum9
i. Avoids risk of infected implants.
i. Additional operative time
ii. Donor site morbidity
iii. Graft absorption
Porous poly ethylene
Advantages of silastic sheets-
Nice capsule forms along the implant, decreases the chance of extrusion rate
It has smooth surface so orbital tissue does not get attached to the implant
&therefore less chances of diplopia later on.
Ease of shaping, conforming and placement are comparable.
Titanium – are used for larger defects
It has to be cut into proper shape to adapt it to the defect wall, so while
adapting that it creates sharp edges which need to be trimmed off or abraded s
It has holes in it, so chances of orbital tissue getting incorporated is more ,&
Therefore more chances of postoperative complications.
To overcome this problem titanium sheets covered by thin sheets of porous
polyethylene on both sides are recently used.
Smooth nylon foils (suprafoil) orbital implants13
These are recently used materials for reconstruction of orbital floor
Reconstruction with resorbable mesh plate16
i. Maintenance of orbital contents against herniation forces during initial healing phase
i. Anterior displacement of mesh causing ectropion and enopthalmos and requiring
4. To secure this graft: - soft stainless steel wire or fine braided stainless steel suture wires are
passed through graft.
Titanium mesh also useful to support large bony grafts.
Alternatively microplate or miniplate can also be used.
5. After securing the graft, irrigation of the wound is done. Orbital periosteum and its free
margin sutured to the cut edge below the inferior orbital rim with interrupted 3-0 chromic
catgut. Next level to be closed is muscular layer, only 2-3 sutures are given. Skin edges are
accurately apposed with slight evertion of the margins using 5-0 gauge silk suture or similar
size synthetic material.
ENDOSCOPIC ORBITAL FLOOR REPAIR6
Endoscopic repair of the orbital blow out fractures could become predictable and efficient treatment
alternative to traditional methods.
The purpose was to provide anatomical description of orbital floor via endoscopic approach.
0 degree and 30 degree rigid endoscope was used by a Caldwell luc approach.
Maxillary osteum , orbital floor and lateral ethmoid air cells were visualized including fracture
pattern and force transmission pathways.
And orbitomaxillary sinus bony thickening was identified and described for the first time.
Combination of transconjunctival and endoscopic transnasal approach1
i. Posterior edge of the fracture and herniated tissue before reduction can be seen.
ii. Less invasive
iii. Dual manipulation by two surgeons is also possible in reduction and reconstruction of orbital
70 degrees straight endoscopy is introduced through an enlarged ostium as for functional sinus
surgery allowed clear site of the roof of the antrum. Through transconjuctival approach reduction and
reconstruction was assisted from antrum.
The large orbital defects were reconstructed with silicon sheets, thin iliac bone grafts or nasal septal
Post operative infection was not observed.
Transcaruncular approach for reconstruction of medial orbital fracture19
Medial orbital fracture can cause horizontal diplopia and enopthalmos.
Incision is made in the caruncle and extended into the conjunctiva superior and inferior into the
fornices for 10-12mm.The tissue is bluntly dissected in an anteroposterior direction. The periosteum
was incised dorsally of the posterior lacrimal crest and after elevation of the periosteum, the
fractured orbital wall was visible.
Transplant upto a height of 2cm could be inserted for reconstruction using resorbable poly dioxanone
Cortical bone was used for reconstruction of late enopthalmos
Scar formation was absent
C- ARM TRANSCONJUNCTIVAL APPROACH3
New approach using a C shaped extended transconjuctival approsch os possible to have one field of
vision to see the frontozygomatic suture, the lateral orbital wall, inferior orbital rim, lateral maxillary
buttress and zygomatic arch.
Advantages over other approaches
i. Less operation time
ii. Post surgical scars are lesser.
a. Pre operative
b. Intra operative
c. Post operative
i. Palpation and observation - Eyelid, canthus, eye movements
ii. Schirmer’s test-this test is done to check the dryness of the eye.
A standardized strip of sterile filter paper are placed over the margins of the lower eyelid, by
measuring the length of wetting of filter paper tear production can be assessed. Values below
5 mm after 5 min period are highly susceptible of keratoconjunctivitis sicca. & values from 0
to 2 mm strongly confirm dry eye state.
iii. Fundoscopic examination-this is done by ophthalmoscope or fundoscope.it is used in
determining health of retina &vitreous humour .it is also indicated for raised intra ocular
There are 2 types of ophthalmoscopes-direct &indirect.
Direct-it is the instrument of the size of a small flash light with several lenses that can
magnify up to 15 times. This is routinely used for examination.
Indirect-it has a light attached to a headband; in addition to small handheld lens. it has a
wider view of the inside of the eye.
iv. Patency of the lacrimal system can be demonstrated by passage of dye from conjunctival cul
de sac into the nasal cavity.
v. CT scans and MRI
iv. During dissection of medial orbital wall, optic nerve is at greater risk
POST OPERATIVE CARE
i. Examination of the function of the eye
ii. Patients with sighted eyes should be checked for visual acuity
iii. If patient complains of loss of light perception then he should be returned immediately to the
operating room (for either removal some of the bone graft or for decompression of optic
EARLY COMPLICATIONS – occurs at the time of or immediately after the surgery.
1.Hemorrhagic or orbital hematoma-treated by lateral canthotomy immediately, lateral
canthal tendon lysis,iv acetazolamide 500mg ,iv mannitol 0.5 mg
2. Retro bulbar hemorrhage-the following signs are seen..
Proptosis, marked subconjunctival ecchymosis &edema, globe very hard on palpation,
dilating pupil, increased intraocular pressure on tonometry,
Symptoms seen are-pain, decreasing visual acuity, diplopia.
Treatment includes iv mannitol,(200 ml of 20%solution),iv
acetazolamide500mg,&megadose steroids 3-4 mg /kg as initial dose followed by 1-3
mg/kg 6 hourly for the following 24 hours reducing to 1 mg/kg over the next 2 days.
4. Superior orbital fissure syndrome
6. Oculo cardiac reflex/ trigeminocardiac/ trigeminovagal reflex –
The oculo cardiac reflex pathway begins with the afferent fibres of the long & short ciliary
nerves that travel with the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve to the gasserion
ganglion via the sensory nucleus of the trigeminal nerve. In the floor of the 4th
short internuncial fibres in the reticular formation connect them with the efferent pathway
from the motor nucleus of the vagus nerve to the depressor nerve ending in the muscle
tissue of the heart.
Clinical features- bradycardia, faintness, and further stimulation can lead to cardiac
dysrhythmias, ectopic beats, atrioventricular blocks & asystole.
Bradycardia has been attributed to trigeminal derived vagal reflex.
6. Caratico cavernous fistula-if the injury of the orbit extends to cause a basal fracture
which tears the carotid artery within the cavernous sinus producing an arterio-venous
fistula. This characteristically results in a pulsating exophthalmoses worse on bending
down &diminished by occlusion of the ipsilateral carotid artery. Bruit will be heard on
auscultation over the frontal region.
Treatment includes surgical closure of the fistula or its obliteration by embolisation.
Ectropion and epiphora
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