Numerous drivers are injured every year in accidents that were not their fault. Typically, the higher the speed was, the more severe the injuries are. However, this isn’t always the case, and low-speed collisions also have the potential to be dangerous.
The most vulnerable part of your body is your head and facial area. Traumatic brain Injuries (TBIs) can result in visual impairment. Not only that, but blunt trauma to the eyes can cause all sorts of visual issues. Outlined below are a few things examples.
The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that is involved in the process of sending signals to the brain through the optic nerve. During a crash, the retina can detach, meaning that the signals no longer get to the brain. Ultimately, a detached retina can result in permanent blindness, although there are treatment options if caught early.
Ruptured blood vessels
The eye comprises a number of blood vessels that can rupture during a collision. This can cause hemorrhaging. Usually, this injury is treatable, but that requires seeking urgent medical treatment.
Fractured orbital bones
The orbital bones are the supporting structure of the eyes. It usually takes a lot of force to fracture these bones, but a car accident can produce the amount of force required for these injuries. Reconstructive surgery is often required to treat such ailments, and the recovery period is typically several months.
An injury to your eyes can be devastating, and the treatment isn’t cheap. If you were injured by a negligent driver, be sure to look into your legal options.