Car accidents result in a wide range of injuries. One of the most common injuries is an eye injury. For example, the deployment of a car airbag often results in an eye injury. Any type of eye injury can dramatically alter one’s life. Many people take their vision for granted. However, when vision is impaired, daily functions are more difficult, if not impossible, to perform. In fact, car accidents can result in long-term or permanent eye damage. Eye trauma can clearly result in substantial medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
An eye injury can be traumatic and rather painful. Below is a description of common eye injuries from a car accident along with their symptoms and medical treatment.
- Corneal Abrasions and Lacerations- The cornea is the clear front part of the eye that helps focus light to see clearly. A corneal abrasion is essentially a scratched eye, while a corneal laceration is a cut on the eye. In violent car accidents, dust, glass, and debris can become lodged in the eye causing an abrasion or laceration. Symptoms of a corneal abrasion include intense pain, discomfort, red eyes, and sensitivity to light. If you experience these symptoms, you should avoid rubbing your eyes and wearing contact lenses. Treatment typically consists of antibiotic eye drops. Your doctor may also recommend wearing a patch to avoid irritation from light.
- Retinal detachment- The retina is an inner layer of nerves lining the back of the eye. The retina sends messages to the brain, allowing vision. Retinal detachment is an emergency situation when the retina detaches from the supportive tissue. In car accidents, retinal detachment is often caused by airbags. Although airbags provide numerous safety benefits, the explosive force of airbag deployment can cause serious eye injuries, including retinal detachment. Symptoms of retinal detachment include tiny flecks in your vision, a dark or curtain-like shadow in your vision field, flashes of light, blurred vision, or vision loss in one eye. It is very important to understand that this is a serious eye injury. Failure to get immediate medical treatment may result in the permanent loss of vision.
- Subjunctival hemorrhage- Subjunctival hemorrhage or bleeding in the eye occurs when a blood vessel breaks in the white of the eye. This injury is caused by trauma to the eye, such as the deployment of an airbag. Symptoms include a bright, bloody patch in the eye, a scratchy feeling in the eye, and some pain and discomfort. Fortunately, this injury will not result in the loss of vision. Your doctor may recommend using tear drops to reduce the scratchy sensation. Typically, this condition will heal in one to two weeks.
Symptoms of a corneal laceration include severe pain, blood in the eye, blurred or decreased vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. Treatment often consists of surgery to prevent further eye damage and remove any objects in the eye. Cases of severe corneal laceration may require multiple surgeries.
Regardless of severity, any eye injury must be treated seriously. The potential for significant eye damage, including permanent loss of vision, makes it very important that you seek immediate medical attention after your accident.Contact Us Today
Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one suffered an eye injury. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.
Disclaimer: Slatter Law Firm are lawyers, not physicians. All content is based on our experience and not on medical education. If you are experiencing any physical injury consult with a doctor.