Can a car accident cause blindness?

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you undoubtedly understand how worrisome it can be to not be able to see clearly. Regardless of whether you have perfect eyesight currently or it’s less than ideal, losing your vision will likely affect virtually all parts of your life negatively.

You may know that in any type of car accident, you are vulnerable to whiplash, broken bones, lacerations and other bodily injuries. Regrettably, depending on how the collision unfolds, you may also experience blurred vision, blindness or other life-altering eye injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries

The occipital lobe is the part of the brain that controls your ability to see. During a catastrophic car accident, you may hit your head on the steering wheel, airbag, seat or side panel. If your traumatic brain injury affects your occipital lobe, you may develop temporary or permanent blindness or blind spots. In less serious cases, occipital lobe damage may cause loss of focus or blurred vision.

Orbital bone fractures

Your eye sockets are actually seven different orbital bones. Together, these bones provide structural support for your eyes. If your face collides with something during a car accident, you may fracture one or more orbital bones. Minor fractures may heal on their own, but others may require surgical intervention. Even with surgery, though, damaged orbital bones may impair your ability to see correctly.

Eye trauma

The loose change and other items in your vehicle may become projectiles in a car accident. If something penetrates your cornea, you may lose eyesight in the injured eye. Even without blindness, though, eye trauma may contribute to cloudy vision, where everything you see has a haze.

An injury that affects your vision is likely to be catastrophic for you. Ultimately, to receive the treatment you need either to recover or to cope with your vision-related injury, you may need to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident.