Common Eye Injuries That Can Occur in an Accident

I’m Brian Ricci, an injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Greenville and the rest of North Carolina. The human eye is an astounding feat of biological engineering. A multitude of components work together to allow our eyes to take in raw information about the world and communicate those messages to the brain. Tiny blood vessels, intricate musculature and an entwined system of nerves all work in conjunction to allow vision, which is a gift that we often take for granted. When the eye is damaged through a sudden injury, the healing process can be long and complicated, and a loss of vision can be the end result. Having the resources needed to make every effort to restore or support proper eye function is important. That is especially true in cases where an eye injury is the result of negligence on the part of another, and where restored vision is a matter of simple justice.

What Are Some Common Eye Injuries?

When an individual is involved in a car crash or workplace accident, injuries to the eye area are common. Very often, a car accident results in the deployment of the vehicle’s airbags. While airbags certainly save lives, they emerge from their compartment in a split second, leaving the driver no time to react. Drivers and passengers can sustain eye injuries simply by contact with the airbag, the most common of which is known as retinal detachment. That condition involves a loss of connection between the retina, a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye, and the rest of the eye. Retinal detachment must be addressed immediately, as the end result can be a total loss of vision.

In a workplace setting, eye damage often occurs by exposure to chemicals and/or heat. When hazardous materials are not properly stored or handled, the delicate tissues of the eye can become contaminated. Many workplaces have safety plans in place that include an emergency eyewash station, and workers should never hesitate to make use of that resource at any time that their eyes have been exposed to a dangerous substance. It is also important to obtain follow-up treatment to ensure that the eyes have been restored to their proper state, and that one’s vision is protected.

What About Penetrating Eye Trauma?

Some of the worst eye injuries occur when an object penetrates the tissues of the eye. When an object enters the eye, there are a number of different tissue types that can be affected, depending on the depth of the penetration and the force of the impact. Lacerations to the lens, cornea or iris are serious injuries, and can impair vision. The iris lies directly beneath the cornea, and trauma to this portion of the eye can cause damage to the root of the iris, including a torn sphincter or dialysis. Traumatic hyphema is also a risk, and occurs when blood floods the fluid of the anterior chamber of the eye.

Are Exterior Eye Injuries a Concern?

Damage to the structures that surround the eye are also a concern in the aftermath of a work-related injury or auto accident. Sudden blunt force trauma can create a tear in the delicate skin of the eyelid, and abrasion in the general eye area. Healing in this area is challenging, due to the shape of the human eyelid and the multitude of tiny movements that occur throughout the course of any given day. Damage to the eye socket is also a concern, as this bony structure plays an essential role in protecting the eye from harm. When that bone is fractured, nerve damage, impaired vision and severe pain can result.

Greenville, NC Eye Injury Lawyer

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