It is estimated that 2.4 million eye injuries occur every year in America affecting the vision of one million people. Many of these injuries are attributed to corneal abrasions or other eye injuries from being involved in a car crash.
Simply put, a corneal abrasion is a scratch or trauma to the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear are on the eye that covers the iris, which is the colored part on the eye, and the pupil, which is the little black circle on the eye. These two areas are essential for vision, thus the cornea is used to protect these parts.
The cornea itself protects the eye and fights of foreign objects from invasion. However, when individuals are involved in automobile accidents, they become more susceptible to flying objects causing harm to the eyes. In turn, when an object scratches or hurts the eye, it is known to cause excruciating pain and discomfort to that individual. Note that it is important not to rub the eye because it may cause further damage.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a corneal abrasion, the victim could be eligible to receive compensation for any losses including; medical expenses, property damage, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
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Causes of Corneal Abrasions
As we may know, the cornea is a vulnerable and sensitive area of the body, thus the eyelids were designed to protect it from any foreign invaders. However, sometimes foreign materials still enter the eye, including during automobile accidents. Imagine everything in your vehicle and picture it airborne when you are hit by another vehicle, this greatly increases the chance of an object entering your eyes.
Some of the objects that can cause a corneal abrasion include:
It is common for the symptoms of a corneal abrasion to not appear immediately, resulting in unknown causes. Therefore, if we are involved in an automobile accident, it is best to consult a physician following the incident.
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Reactions to Corneal Abrasions Injuries
It is the human body’s natural reaction to rub our eyes at the moment we feel an uncomfortable sensation. However, often times this can lead to further complications. Thus, medical professionals advise that we tend to such matters in the following ways:
- Blink eyes steadily
- Pull upper eyelid over the lower eyelid
- Clean the eye with a saline solution or clean water
Note that we should not remove any item that has been lodged in the cornea or any part of the eyeball, as this could result in further damage, we should always wait for a medical professional or eye doctor for removal. If an individual continues to feel an unusual sensation following these steps, contact a medical professional immediately or visit the emergency room.
Symptoms of a Corneal Abrasion Injuries
People who have experienced a corneal abrasion injury say that it is not like anything they have ever experienced before, and they will likely never forget the amount of pain and discomfort it causes. Often times, when a corneal abrasion injuries occurs during an auto accident, that individual may not recognize it because it may not be the only source of pain, along with the adrenaline rush.
Some common symptoms of a corneal abrasion include:
- Blurred or loss of sight
- Discomfort or pain opening and closing the eyelid
- Feeling resembling sand in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
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Diagnosis and Treatment
When an injury to an eye occurs, it always requires immediate medical attention. An eye examiner will be able to examine the eye and use a special eye stain to recognize any abnormalities on the cornea. In the case that an object is found on the cornea of the eye, an eye doctor has the tools to remove it safely without causing further damages.
Common forms of corneal abrasion treatment include:
- Topical Analgesics
These are a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug used to reduce the pain and discomfort of corneal abrasions.
- Topical Antibiotics
These are used to prevent infections from occurring. Infections are known to slow healing time of corneal abrasions.
- Oral Analgesics
These are used as a pain reliever and are far less expensive than other topical alternatives. Of course, there has been no found evidence to prove these actually help in treating corneal abrasions.
Typically patients who suffer from a corneal abrasion need to be re-evaluated 24 hours following their initial evaluation. Then, if the corneal abrasion is not fully healed, it is recommended to return for another evaluation three to four days later. The healing time always depends on the size and location of the corneal abrasion.
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Contact An Experienced Mobile Auto Accident Lawyer
In several cases, it may take months or even years for accident injury victims and their families to put their lives back together. During which, there may be additional damages that may need to be included in your demand for compensation, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Psychological problems
- Residual injuries
- Nerve damage
An experienced auto accident lawyer from our firm will apply their comprehensive knowledge and experience to construct a fully detailed account of all past, current and projected expenses and losses, along with working with life planning experts, therapists and medical professionals regarding potential costs of future care.
At Citrin Law Firm we are licensed to practice throughout the state of Alabama and have offices in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Contact us today at 251-888-8888 where a member of our intake team will take details of your case and connect you with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.
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