Should you receive a head injury in an Illinois car crash, the catastrophic results could be your partial or total blindness. Whether or not the blindness you suffer represents an immediate and permanent total loss of your vision or later becomes permanent depends on the nature of the injury you sustain and the effectiveness of the medical treatment you receive for it.

Ideal Eyecare explains that while a direct eye injury during your car crash could cause your retinas to detach from the back of your eyes, resulting in partial or total blindness, the greater likelihood is that a blow to your head during your crash will cause it. Assuming you do not immediately become totally blind, you likely will notice one of more of the following that decreases the quality of your vision:

  • The sensation of seeing through a gray curtain
  • Shadows or complete darkness in your peripheral vision
  • The appearance of light flashes in your eyes
  • The appearance of “eye floaters” in your eyes

Surgical intervention

In the event your car crash results in your partial vision loss, it is critical that you obtain an assessment from a qualified ophthalmologist within the first 24 hours after your injury. (S)he likely will recommend that you undergo one of the following surgeries to repair the damage to your retinas and prevent your vision loss from becoming total and permanent:

  • Laser surgery
  • Scleral buckle
  • Cryopexy
  • Pneumatic retinopexy

While retinal detachment represents the main car crash cause of complete and permanent blindness, other injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, can likewise have the same result. This is why you require immediate emergency medical intervention if you receive a head or eye injury during your crash.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.