Shattering glass and exploding air bags don’t just cause cuts and bruises, they also cause eye injuries. Each year, approximately 300,000 Americans suffer eye injuries after a car crash. Some of these eye injuries are very serious.
Here is a list of eye injuries associated with Appleton car accidents:
- Black eye: A black eye occurs when there is bleeding under the skin surrounding the eye. Black eyes often happen when an accident victim hits the face during an Appleton car wreck. Deploying airbags and loose objects inside the car may also cause black eyes. See a doctor even if it is “just a black eye.” Black eyes can be a sign of a more serious facial injury, or even bleeding in the brain.
- Eyelid lacerations: A laceration is a cut. When the eyelid is injured by flying glass or debris, it is important to see an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist will check for underlying damage and make sure the cut is healing properly, so there is no disfigurement.
- Corneal abrasions: The cornea is the transparent covering at the front of the eye. It helps to direct light and focus the eye. A corneal abrasion occurs when glass, airbag dust, or flying debris gets in the eye. Symptoms include pain, squinting, swelling, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light. A doctor will remove the foreign object so the eye can heal.
- Orbital fracture: An orbital fracture is the medical term for a broken eye socket. Facial bones are very strong; it takes a great deal of force to break the bones near the eye. Orbital fractures are usually associated with other serious eye injuries.
- Chemical burns: A chemical burn occurs when a chemical or chemical vapor gets in the eye. Leaking fluids and older models of airbags are the leading causes of chemical burns in Wisconsin car crashes.
- Retinal detachment: Sometimes, blunt trauma can cause the retina to tear or develop small holes. If there is enough damage, the retina may detach. Signs of retinal detachment include light flashes, floaters, or a veil in the field of vision.
- Hyphema: A hyphema, or blood on the eyeball, occurs when there is bleeding into the front chamber of the eye. A hyphema can be a sign of very serious eye damage. Anyone with a hyphema should seek immediate medical care.
- Traumatic maculopathy: The retina changes the images we see into neural signals are sent from the optic nerve to the brain. Traumatic maculopathy is an injury to the retina or to the retina’s blood supply. Traumatic maculopathy can cause permanent vision loss.
- Traumatic optic neuropathy: Traumatic optic neuropathy (TON) refers to damage to the optic nerve. Any damage to the optic nerve is accompanied by vision loss. The severity of vision loss depends on the amount of damage.
Treating an eye injury is a big deal. Without proper medical care, you may lose your vision.
If you have suffered a serious eye injury after a Wisconsin car accident, contact an Appleton auto accident attorney. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages as well as damages for any vision loss. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham, at (800) 800-5678 and ask to schedule a free consultation.