There are all kinds of injuries that you could suffer from in a car crash, but one issue that doesn’t get enough attention is the risk of eye injuries. Around 9,200 eye injuries happen every year in auto accidents, and those can have serious and lasting consequences for the victims.
Eye injuries happen during auto accidents for numerous reasons ranging from coming into contact with broken glass, the powder from airbags getting into the eyes and rapid changes in velocity. Here are a few eye injuries that may occur in a crash and how to recognize them.
Chemical burns of the eyes are particularly common in vehicles with airbags, because the powder from the airbags may get into your eyes and greatly affect your vision. With quick treatment, the powder may be removed before it causes much damage, but there is a risk of serious damage.
Corneal abrasions are scratches on the clear cornea at the front of the eye. Symptoms can range from discomfort to sensitivity to light. Many of these abrasions can be treated to restore your sight.
A detached retina is one of the more severe kinds of eye injuries that could happen in an auto accident. Damage to the retina could lead to impaired side vision, flashes of light in your line of sight and particles throughout your field of vision. In a worst-case scenario, the retina may totally detach. This leads to blindness and a potential for permanent vision loss.
Hyphemia happens when blood collects in the anterior chamber of the eye. As it gathers between the iris and cornea, it causes blurred and painful vision. Your eye may appear to be red if you have this condition. Fortunately, it usually resolves over time with appropriate medical care.
These are a few eye injuries that are possible in an auto accident. If you believe you have an eye injury, go to the hospital right away. Early treatment may help protect your sight and get you on the path to recovery much more quickly. After you’re stable, you can look into making a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.