Common Kinds of Eye Injuries Caused by Car Crashes

June 3, 2014

Significant Eye Injuries Possible in Illinois Car Crash

You couldn’t have anticipated that your car accident would happen as you traveled the Chicago Skyway. You couldn’t have known that an unsecured object in your vehicle would strike your eye, that the airbag would harm your eye, or that you would suffer a brain injury that impacted your vision. Yet, something happened to impair your eyesight and change your life.

What Happened?

A doctor will need to diagnose your specific eye injury. However, if you’ve been injured in a car crash, then you should be aware that you could suffer one of these serious effects:

  • Orbital Fracture. This occurs when the bone of the eye socket breaks. Any change in vision, swelling, or pain should be immediately reported to a doctor for prompt diagnosis and treatment. Serious changes in vision may occur.
  • Retinal Detachment. Retinal detachment is an emergency medical situation that occurs when the retina separates from the blood vessels providing it with oxygen. If you see floaters in front of your eye, flashes of light, or a shadow in your field of vision then you should get emergency care to prevent permanent vision loss.
  • Hyphema. Hyphema means that there is blood in the front of the eye. Without emergency medical care it could result in vision loss.
  • Traumatic Maculopathy. This is an injury to the macula located at the center of the retina. An injury to this area of the eye can also result in vision loss.
  • Traumatic Optic Neuropathy. Diagnosis and treatment of this type of accidental eye injury is often difficult. However, this injury can result in vision loss or the loss of color vision.

Other, more minor eye injuries, such as black eyes or corneal abrasions may also occur.

Think About Legal Help After You Visit a Doctor

If you have suffered a significant eye injury in a car accident on I-90, US-41, or any other Illinois road then we encourage you to find out more about your rights and your possible recovery. You can get started right now by using the live chat option on this website or by calling us directly for a free consultation.

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