There are many kinds of injuries that can happen as a result of a car crash. Among them is a risk of injury to your eyes.
Eye injuries can happen when debris hits you during a collision. They can also happen due to the force of the impact or because of broken bones around the eye. An eye socket fracture could put your eye at risk, too.
What kinds of eye injuries are the most serious?
The most serious eye injuries tend to be those where there is foreign object in the eye or where the nerves or arteries have detached. Beyond those, eye socket fractures, like an orbital rum fracture, have the potential to be dangerous.
What should you do if your or someone you’re with has an eye injury after a crash?
If you or someone you care about has an eye injury, stay where you are and do your best not to move your eye. If there is a foreign object in the eye, such as a pencil, piece of glass or metal, leave it there until emergency help arrives. If you remove the object, you could cause further damage, bleeding and swelling that could threaten your eyesight.
If the eye has become detached or come out of the socket, do your best to keep it secure and clean until the emergency team can assist the patient.
Can airbags hurt your eyes in a crash?
It’s possible. Airbags come toward you at hundreds of miles per hour. Though they attempt to soften the blow of a more serious collision, they can cause abrasions and broken bones all around the face. In a worst-case scenario, the impact could lead to blindness, though it’s not common.
Get medical help if you’ve been involved in a crash
Get medical help as soon as you can if you’ve been involved in a crash. Your injuries, no matter what they are, need to be evaluated by a medical professional. Going to the hospital early may help you reduce the risk of complications from any injuries you have and will help you start a paper trail for your personal injury claim.