Our vision plays a vital role in almost every task we carry out each day. Unfortunately, there is a potential for the eyes to be damaged during a road traffic collision.
Without your vision, you’re going to need to take some time off of work to recover, which could cost you financially. In more severe cases, eye injuries can be permanent, which means your life is altered for the duration.
Outlined below are some of the more common visual injuries that can happen during a crash
Broken eye socket
The eyes are held in place by the sockets. The bones that support these structures are very strong, but the impact of a car crash can still be enough to cause them to fracture. Fractured orbital bones can be severely painful, and they also have the potential to damage the eyes. Occasionally, small fragments of bone will lodge into the soft tissue of the eye, causing trauma to the area and visual difficulties.
Vision relies on a series of links between the eye, retina and brain. If enough force has been generated, this could cause the retina to detach from the eye, which is a medical emergency that has the potential to do permanent damage to the visual system. Optical surgery can often repair the damage, but this is not cheap and the injured party may take several months to fully recover.
If your eyesight has been damaged in a crash that has been caused by negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation. Seeking legal guidance from someone with knowledge of personal injury law is probably your best option.