Each year, approximately 300,000 Americans get their eyes injured in car accidents. In this blog post, Boca Raton injury attorney David Glatthorn lists the most common eye injuries that occur in Florida car accidents.
Corneal abrasions: The cornea is a transparent, dome-shaped surface at the front of the eye. Its job is to focus the eye, direct light, protect other parts of the eye, and control blinking. A corneal abrasion occurs when dust, glass, or other debris comes into contact with the cornea. A corneal abrasion can cause pain, swelling, squinting, excessive tearing, and increased sensitivity to light. Most corneal abrasions are easily treated once the foreign object is removed.
Eyelid lacerations: The eyelid can also be injured by flying glass and debris. Serious cuts should be treated by an ophthalmologist in order to ensure there is no underlying damage to the eye itself.
Black eye: Black eyes often occur when an accident victim is hit in the face during a Boca Raton car wreck. Black eyes can be caused by flying objects within the car and by deploying airbags. The force of the injury can cause bleeding under the skin. This causes the tissue around the eye to become discolored. Don't dismiss a black eye as minor; it may be a sign of a more serious facial or head injury.
Orbital fracture: An orbital fracture is a break in the bones that make up the eye socket. It takes quite a lot of force to break the bones near the eye, so orbital fractures often involve severe injury to the eye. These injuries may cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
Chemical burns: Chemical burns occur when a harmful chemical or chemical vapor comes into contact with the eye. Older airbags and leaking fluids are the leading causes of chemical burns in Boca Raton car accidents.
Retinal detachment: Blunt trauma from a Boca Raton car accident may cause the retina to tear or develop small holes. In some cases, this can cause the retina to detach. Symptoms of retinal detachment include floaters, light flashes, or a veil covering the field of vision.
Hyphema: A hyphema occurs when blood enters the anterior chamber of the eye. When this happens, one can see blood on the eye ball. A hyphema is often a sign of a very serious eye injury and should be considered a medical emergency.
Traumatic maculopathy: Traumatic maculopathy refers to an injury to the retina or its blood supply. The retina is the part of the eye that changes the images we see into messages that are sent to the brain through the optic nerve. Traumatic maculopathy can cause permanent vision loss.
Traumatic optic neuropathy: Traumatic optic neuropathy refers to damage to the optic nerve as the result of trauma. Traumatic optic neuropathy is always accompanied by some degree of vision loss.
If you have suffered a serious eye injury in a Boca Raton car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages as well as monetary damages to compensate for your vision loss. To learn more, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.