There are approximately 2.4 million eye injuries every year in the United States, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and nearly 1 million Americans have suffered some loss of vision due to an eye injury.
Eye injuries can range in severity from a corneal abrasion to a chronic or permanent disability, such as vision loss and can often result from:
- Defective or dangerous products
- Workplace accidents (e.g. falls, chemical exposure, flying debris)
- Car Crash/Collision
- Motorcycle Crash/Collision
- Truck Crash/Collision
Not only are eye injuries painful and distressing, they are expensive to treat. On average, the AAO estimates that it costs $20,000 per person to treat an eye injury.
Types of Eye Injuries
While the front, back, and surrounding structures of the eye have many protective features, blunt trauma can result in injury or even blindness.
Common injuries to the front structures of the eye include:
- Corneal abrasions – Scratches to the surface of the eye, which can make you more susceptible to infection.
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage – A leakage of blood into the eye caused by a rupture in a blood vessel between the sclera and conjunctiva.
- Hyphema – Bleeding in the space between the cornea and the iris.
Common injuries to the back structures of the eye include:
- Detached retina – This is when the retina partially or entirely tears, causing it to separate from the back of the eye. Retinal detachments require surgery to repair.
- Traumatic Iritis – An inflammation of either the uvea, iris, or both. The condition is usually caused by blunt trauma or chemical exposure.
Common injuries to the structures surrounding the eye include:
- Bruised eyelids (black eye) – This is due to blood leaking into the skin surrounding the eyelid and can result in swelling.
- Orbital fractures – A serious injury involving the bone of the eye socket, usually resulting from severe trauma to the face.
Common Symptoms of Eye Injuries:
- Eye pain or discomfort
- Blurred, decreased, or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Persistent or severe aching
- Sudden loss of vision
- Blood in the eyeball
- Nausea or vomiting when attempting to focus or shift gaze
- Changes in the shape of the iris or pupil
- Blindness or Impaired Vision
Blindness or impaired vision is the most serious and debilitating consequence of an eye injury. Blindness or partial loss of vision is a life-altering injury. People who experienced blindness or impaired vision due to an eye injury may have to undergo extensive medical treatment and make expensive accommodations to their home.
If you or a loved one have experienced an eye injury because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.