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Trauma & Lacerations

Evaluation and treatment of trauma of the eyelids and eye socket (orbit) require extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience.

Braunstein is an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Morristown, New Jersey and New York City. Her practice is wholly focused on the complex and delicate eyelids and orbit. This is exactly why Dr. Braunstein is uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat trauma in this area.

Potential Causes Of Eye Lacerations:

  • Physical trauma or injury, such as a blow to the eye
  • Glass or sharp objects, such as broken glass or scissors
  • Projectiles, such as debris or bullets
  • Sports-related injuries, such as being hit by a ball or puck
  • Work-related accidents, such as metal splinters from machinery
  • Animal bites or scratches
  • Falls or accidents, such as slipping and falling onto a sharp object
  • Explosive devices or fireworks
  • Chemical exposure, such as splashes from cleaning solutions

Types Of Eye Lacerations:

  • Eyelid lacerations are cuts or tears in the thin, delicate skin of the eyelid and may also involve the underlying structures, such as the eyelashes or tear ducts.
  • Eyebrow lacerations occur in the skin and hair of the eyebrow and may require repair to prevent scarring and restore proper function.
  • Periocular skin lacerations are cuts or tears in the skin around the eye, which may involve the eyelid, cheek, or forehead.

The Procedure Details

The repair of the eyelid, eyebrow, and periocular skin lacerations involves cleaning the wound and closing it with sutures. The type of suture will depend on the location and extent of the injury — either absorbable or non-absorbable. In some cases, local anesthesia may be used to numb the area, allowing for a more comfortable and painless experience. Dr. Braunstein will assess the underlying structures of the eye, such as the eyelid and eyeball, to determine if any additional treatment is necessary.

Recovery & Aftercare

After the procedure, the affected area may be swollen and sore for a few days. Cold compresses can reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. You should avoid rubbing or putting pressure on the eye and protect it from further trauma. Dr. Braunstein may prescribe antibiotics or other medications to prevent infection and promote healing. The sutures will be removed in a follow-up appointment, and the doctor will monitor the healing process and make adjustments.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Braunstein

If you have suffered an eye laceration, it’s important to seek prompt care to prevent further damage and promote healing. Dr. Alexandra Braunstein is a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon who can provide the expert care you need. She will perform a thorough examination, assess the extent of the injury, and develop a personalized treatment plan. Whether you need repair for an eyelid laceration, eyebrow laceration, or periocular skin laceration, Dr. Braunstein has the skills and expertise to help.

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