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Can car accidents cause vision trauma?

Not every car accident in Redwood City results in death. Serious motor vehicle collisions often lead to severe and life-threatening injuries, such as vision loss. According to FindLaw, vision disturbances are often associated with traumatic brain injuries. Vision disturbances can also occur from direct trauma to the eye area. Not all affected accident victims notice problems with their vision right away; some of them experience delayed symptoms.

There are several types of eye injuries that can occur in car accidents. They include:

Damage to the optic nerve. Trauma to the head cause pressure and swelling in the brain and, in some cases, on the optic nerve. Once the swelling and pressure reach a certain level, the flow of oxygenated blood to the optic nerve will cease, causing serious damage that may not be irreversible.

Detachment of the retina. The force, movement and impact of a motor vehicle collision can cause the retina, (a very thin layer of tissue in the back of the eye) to tear and separate from the eye and could lead to blindness.

Vitreous hemorrhage. In the center of each eye is a transparent, gelatinous type substance. In a collision, the blood vessels in the eyes can become damaged, causing them to bleed into the vitreous layer of the eyes.

Not all eye injuries that victims end up in car accidents are permanent. Eye injuries that are temporary often require long-term treatment. Some accident victims end up having to use vision aids for the rest of their lives. Eye injuries that occur in car accidents are not always publicized, but they happen more often than many people think.

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