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I had a fall just over 2 month ago wich resulted as a very

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I had a fall just over 2 month ago wich resulted as a very heavely bruised eye and a cut above the eye wich needed stiching.I still have swelling on the bone just above the eye lid. The broblem is the swelling now reducing the size of my eye.
Please can you tell me how I can correct this as I feel very aware about this.
thank you very much
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Is your vision affected at all?

Is it possible for you to take a picture and upload it for my review?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no my vision is not affected

it is not possible for me to send a photo


That's OK. We can work without the picture.

What I believe is happening is that you have swelling/scar tissue under the skin where your injury occurred. This will cause that area to be thicker and make your eyeball appear smaller on that side. This is very common after an injury like you had.

So. What can be done? Well, the good news is that this scar tissue will, over the course of a year or so, remodel itself and in the vast majority of cases your eye will return to looking normal.

In some cases, however, the injured area does not remodel and intervention is needed. At that point what can be done is surgery to remove the excess scar tissue. This type of surgery is usually done by either an ophthalmologist or an oculoplastic surgeon.

One other thing you should do is consult with an ophthalmologist so she can measure how much your eyeball might be recessed on that side using a special instrument called a hertel exophthalmometer. This measurement will also allow you to check in a couple of months and see how things are improving.

So. What is the take home message? At this point I suggest you see an eye doctor for a hertel measurement and, at least for the next few months, allow "tincture of time" to work and see if things get better on their own. There is a very good chance that it will :-)

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Dr. Rick MD FACS
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