Top Eye Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Did you know that car accidents are one of the top causes of injuries in the United States? You may think of head injuries and broken bones as common car accident injuries, but eye injuries are also common. Shattered glass, the force of the airbag, and debris can all contribute to eye injuries.

Trauma-Related Eye Injuries

Car accidents are a top cause of trauma-related eye injuries. The most common eye injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Corneal abrasions
  • Lacerations on the surface of the eye
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Chemical burns
  • Corneal limbic ring
  • Hyphema
  • Traumatic iritis
  • Retinal detachment
  • Orbital fractures

Head injuries can cause additional pressure to the optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision. Victims who experience traumatic brain injuries may have blurry vision or other issues with vision.

Be Aware of Eye Injury Symptoms

Eye injuries can be difficult to diagnose. They can also become dangerous if left untreated, because they can result in damage to your vision. It’s important to see a medical professional after being in an accident. Keep track of any symptoms you’re experiencing. Vision issues aren’t always immediately apparent when you’re focused on broken bones or other injuries.

Common symptoms of eye injuries after a car accident include blurred vision, swollen eyes, difficulty seeing, blood in/around any part of the eye, itching/irritation of the eyes, and cuts on the eyelids. If you might have gotten glass or metal in your eye during the accident, see a doctor immediately. Tiny fragments of metal or glass can cause significant long-term damage to your eyes. If you think there is glass or other debris in your eye, don’t rub it! Seek medical treatment right away.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.