Vision problems are not uncommon after a Boca Raton car crash. Sometimes vision problems are directly due to trauma to the eye. For example, the eye may be cut by flying glass or injured by an airbag. However, many vision problems that occur after Florida car accidents are actually caused by injury to the brain.
Any head injury-even a mild one-can cause vision problems. Symptoms can include problems focusing, double vision, sensitivity to light, or trouble reading. Be sure to mention any changes in vision after a Boca Raton car accident to your doctor. You may need to see a specialist to make sure that your eyes and brain are still working together and to screen for serious vision problems.
There are several serious vision problems that can result from an injury to the head during a Boca Raton car wreck. These include:
- Retinal detachment: The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the back of the eye. The retina takes the image that you see and turns it into signals that are transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve. A blow to the head can cause the retina to detach. Symptoms of retinal detachment include brief flashes of light, an increase in floaters, and a feeling of heaviness in the eye. As the retina continues to detach there may appear to be a shadow or veil on one's vision and straight lines may appear to curve.
- Vitreous hemorrhage: The vitreous humor is the gel that fills the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. A vitreous hemorrhage occurs when a head injury causes blood vessels to bleed into the vitreous humor. This can cause vision problems, floaters, and flashes of light. Most vitreous hemorrhages are not serious and heal with time, but a vitreous hemorrhage can also be an early sign of retinal detachment.
- Optic nerve damage: The optic nerve carries signals from the retina to the vision portion of the brain. When a brain injury causes bleeding, it increases pressure within the skull. This can put pressure on the optic nerves and even cut off blood circulation causing severe damage or blindness. Any vision problem may be a sign of optic nerve damage, so see an eye doctor immediately if you are having any eye problems after a Boca Raton car wreck.
A car accident eye injury may require expensive medical care. If your eye cannot be saved, you may need rehabilitation therapy. Boca Raton accident attorney David Glatthorn helps victims of Florida car accidents get the monetary compensation they need to heal after an accident. If you've been injured in a Boca Raton car crash, please call David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525 to schedule a free consultation. Don't forget to request a free copy of David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim.