A car accident involves broken glass, debris and flying objects. These can end up in an eye causing a serious and painful eye injury. These injuries can cause permanent or temporary vision loss. The victim may not be able to work or enjoy favorite activities. He or she may need help with basic tasks, including self-care. We’ve worked with injured car accident victims throughout Kansas and Missouri for many years. Here are some of the most common eye injuries that we see:
Anisocoria eye injuries commonly occur when an airbag inflates and hits the eyes or face tearing the pupil sphincter. The pupil sphincter controls the dilation of the pupil in response to light. When the pupil sphincter is torn, the result is a permanently dilated pupil. This means is that one pupil will be much larger than the other, a form of disfigurement. Because the eye cannot control the amount of light that reaches the retina, the retina may become damaged. There may be sudden vision loss.
In most cases, vision returns in four to six weeks; however, the uneven pupils will remain.
Retinal Tears or Detachment
The retina, the light sensing tissue on the eye, may become torn or detached by the force of a car accident. Symptoms include floaters and blurred vision. If not treated immediately, a detached retina can result in blindness.
Retinal tears and detachments are treated with surgery and/or cryotherapy (freezing) to seal the retina against the back of the eye. Types of surgery include:
- Laser surgery
- Pneumatic retinopexy (a gas bubble is used to move the retina against the eye, the injury victim must keep his head immobilized for several days)
- Scleral buckle (A flexible band is put around the eye to drain fluid and allow the retina to return to its normal position)
- Vitrectomy (Surgery to remove any vitreous gel which is pulling on the retina)
Horner's Syndrome or Bell's Palsy
Horner's Syndrome and Bell's Palsy can occur if the face is hit by a strong blow or heavy object. Both injuries involve nerve damage. Horner's Syndrome occurs when the nerves that travel from the brain to the eyes and face are damaged. Signs of Horner's Syndrome include drooping eyelids, smaller pupils, and receding eyeballs.
Bell's Palsy results from trauma to the 7th cranial nerve. It results in facial paralysis which causes dropping eyelids, drooling, loss of taste, ear problems, nose problems, neck pain, facial spasms, headaches and facial swelling.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.