Regardless of how safely you drive or how defensive a driver you may try to be, there’s always a possibility of getting into a car crash. With the increased traffic on roads and speeding drivers, getting into a car crash may be inevitable. Unfortunately, some car accidents are very violent and may cause serious injuries, including eye injuries.
Most car accident victims who suffer concussions or Traumatic Brian Injuries may suffer from eye issues or even lose their vision permanently. Below are some types of eye injuries that may be caused by a car accident.
During a violent car crash, you may be thrown into the steering wheel, dashboard or other hard surfaces. The airbag may also deploy and hit your face in the process. Unfortunately, when an object hits the facial area, the area around your eyes may swell and block your vision.
Although black eyes are often considered minor injuries, they may mask other serious injuries or even lead to serious eye problems.
It’s common for car accident victims to experience blurred vision. However, this type of eye injury is not always apparent, and it may take time to realize that your vision is blurred. Usually, blurred vision may be caused by the following:
- Direct trauma to the eye
- Brain injuries
- Optic nerve damage
- Vitreous hemorrhage
Although blurred vision may be temporary after an accident, it may cause permanent damage if not treated by a medical professional.
Most car accidents involve shattered glass, deployment of high-impact airbags and spillage of toxic chemicals. Sometimes, the shattered glass and deployed airbags may cause serious physical injuries to the facial region, resulting in complete blindness.
Toxic chemicals and third-degree burns to the face can also cause blindness. If the burns are severe, the eyes may be unrepairable, resulting in a loss of sight.
While many eye injuries after a car accident are temporary, others are permanent. This means that there is a chance your vision may never be the same as it was before the accident. Therefore, if you suffered visual impairment due to an accident that a negligent driver caused, you should consider seeking compensation to help you recover lost wages and cover the cost of medical care.