After a car accident, it’s common for victims to not notice any injuries at the scene, but suffer from aches, pains, and other unpleasant side effects that pop up hours or days later and linger long after the accident.
That’s because unlike cuts, bruises, and broken bones, not all injuries caused by car accidents are easily visible! And unfortunately, head injuries are very common after car accidents.
You may not even realize you suffered a head injury in your accident until you begin noticing symptoms later, including increased sensitivity to light.
What Does It Mean If I Have Vision Problems After a Car Accident?
While most people assume vision problems are caused by old age or eye injuries where the eye socket is physically struck, they are actually a very common side effect of head and brain injuries.
There are several head injuries that can cause vision problems, particularly after an auto accident.
Concussion—More than 40% of victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which include concussions, discover they are unable to withstand bright light after their accidents.
Different types of light are more painful than others. For example, sunlight, “blue” light like the kind emitted by computer and cellphone screens, and fluorescent light like the kind used in offices and grocery stores can make other concussion symptoms like nausea and migraines worse. Because these forms of light are everywhere, it can cause major disruptions to the lives and work of people who suffer from this condition after an accident.
According to the Internal Brain Injury Association, light sensitivity after a TBI is most severe one to two weeks after the initial accident but can persist for up to six months after the accident. Occasionally, increased light sensitivity can become permanent after a TBI.
Detached retina—The forceful impact of a car accident can damage the blood vessels connecting to the back of the eye. Although this is a totally painless injury, it can have serious consequences. A detached retina usually requires surgery as soon as possible, and if it goes untreated, can cause permanent vision loss. Even with surgery, it can often take months for victims’ vision to return to normal.
Symptoms of a detached retina include:
- Sudden appearance of floaters in field of vision
- Random, bright flashes of light in one or both eyes
- A shadow or “curtain” obscuring part of your field of vision
Optic nerve damage—This type of injury can occur when increased pressure from a traumatic brain injury essentially squeezes the optic nerve, causing blurred vision or even permanent blindness.
When you suffer from vision problems that last months, or even for the rest of your life, because of a negligent driver, they deserve to be held accountable. Especially if your vision problems affect your ability to work and provide for yourself or your family.
I Have Vision Problems After My Car Accident, But I Didn’t Hit My Head
One very common misconception is that you need to actually hit your head to suffer a brain injury. People may think that just because they weren’t knocked out or didn’t get a bump on their head from whacking it against an object in an accident, it means their symptoms can’t be from a head injury.
However, brain injuries don’t always happen from your head hitting something. Brain injuries occur from your brain colliding against the walls of your skull, and the impact of a fall, hit, or auto accident can cause this to happen even if your head didn’t make contact with anything.
So, if you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, increased sensitivity to light, blurred vision, or other vision problems after an accident, don’t ignore it! And don’t dismiss it as unrelated. It could be an eye or brain injury.
See a doctor right away for a diagnosis, and make sure to tell them you were involved in an accident, and when it happened.
We Help People Suffering From Vision Problems After Car Wrecks
If you are suffering from headaches when exposed to anything brighter than dim lights, or blurred vision after a car accident or other injury that wasn’t your fault, you deserve compensation for the pain you are experiencing.
Your vision is something that should be taken seriously! When your vision suffers because of someone else’s negligence, they need to be held accountable for the way they’ve upended your life. Contact our Syracuse auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.