In car crashes, people can break bones, suffer traumatic brain injuries and have any number of other serious injuries. One kind of injury, an eye injury, can be among the most significant.
In a car crash, there are a few ways that your eyes could be hurt. One is by being impacted by the airbag. Another is by getting broken glass into you eye. A third is by hitting your face on the steering column or another part of the vehicle.
In any case, these impacts can lead to serious injuries to the eyes. Some common eye injuries in car crashes include:
- Detached retinas
- Orbital fractures
- Objects impaling the eye
Every kind of eye injury is significant. If you suffer a blow to your face that may have affected your eyes, then it's important to seek medical attention immediately.
Around 85% of traumatic eye injuries happen by accident. Men are more likely to suffer from them than women. In addition, the average age that people suffer these injuries is just 30 years old.
What are some symptoms of a serious injury to the eye or area around the eye?
Some symptoms may include:
- Vision loss
- Changes in vision, such as seeing bright, flashing lights
- Black eyes
- Double vision
- Numbness around the forehead or upper cheekbone region
- Puffiness from air under the skin near the eye
- Swelling or a deformity of the cheek or forehead
- Severe pain in the cheek (could be a sign of an orbital fracture)
- Abnormal positioning of the eye
- Trouble moving the eye
- Obvious objects in the eye
- Blood in the pupil or across the eye
No matter what kinds of symptoms you have, if you suspect that there is some involvement of your vision, you should seek emergency care. For some injuries, like a retinal detachment, it is usually possible to repair the damage if treatment is sought soon enough. If you wait too long, it could be harder to save your vision.
All different kinds of eye injuries have varied treatments available for them. There is a chance that you could lose your vision if your eye is lacerated or if the retina detaches. Sometimes, you won't know about the state of your vision for a few days or weeks as your body heals. Listen carefully to your medical provider's treatment plan, because preventing further injury and taking steps to restore your sight can be a complex process.