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What is a blowout fracture?

Severe blows to the face can lead to fractures of the orbits, the bony cavities in the skull in which the eyeballs sit. In some cases, particularly if the fracture occurs in the bottom wall of the orbit, a hole can open up between the orbit and the sinuses in the bones. This is known as a blowout fracture and it can cause the eyeball and muscles to move out of place, causing double vision.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Pink eye


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