If you’re involved in an auto collision, there is a risk that you could have your eyes damaged. There are several serious eye injuries that could have a permanent impact on your ability to use your eyes in the future.
If you believe that your eyes have been injured, you need to seek medical care as soon as possible. Early treatment could help you protect any remaining vision or restore vision that you’ve already lost as a result of your wounds. Keep in mind these three eye injuries that require emergency care.
Corneal abrasions happen when your eyes are scratched. They are not always serious, but some can be.
Scratches are susceptible to fungus and bacteria, and depending on the kind that affect your eyes, you could end up with serious damage to your vision, or complete vision loss, in as little as a day.
Chemical burns of the eyes are very serious and can leave you blind in some cases. The makeup of the chemical that affects your eyes will impact how serious a wound is. For example, while acidic substances can cause burning and redness, they usually come out of the eyes quickly. On the other hand, you might not feel too many immediate issues from alkali substances, but they can lead to very serious injuries as they soak in.
Orbital blowout fractures
A third possible vision-changing injury is an orbital blowout fracture. This kind of fracture refers to breaks around the facial bones. They are serious injuries caused by blunt force trauma, so you could have significant damage to the around around the eye or to the eye itself. You could also have your eye fall out in severe cases.
Any of these injuries require immediate medical attention. Your auto accident could lead to vision loss or blindness if you don’t address these kinds of injuries as soon as you can.
Fortunately, with medications and surgeries, many kinds of eye injuries can heal, at least to a degree. Once you’re on the path to healing, you may want to look into seeking compensation for all you’ve been through.