It is common to experience blurred vision after an automobile accident. While some injuries after an accident may be obvious, it may take time for an individual to realize that their vision is blurry or that their eyes are sensitive to light. In addition to blurred vision, accident victims who experience vision fluctuations, double vision, or difficulty focusing their vision should seek immediate medical attention.

Vision problems can result from direct trauma to the eye, however, they often manifest as a result of an injury to the brain. In fact, eye and vision problems are fairly common after a brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.4 million Americans suffer and are treated for a traumatic brain injury every year. However, even more people suffer head injuries and do not seek medical attention. Consequently, mild brain injuries, such as concussions, can cause vision problems that are often left undiagnosed.

After an automobile accident, individuals may experience mild head injuries from whiplash leading to vision problems. Symptoms can be varied, ranging from trouble focusing when switching gaze between near and far objects to seeing double. Even after a relatively mild trauma, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience blurred vision, headaches, or sensitivity to light.

Serious vision problems can arise from injuries related to an automobile accident. One such problem is retinal detachment. The retina is the thin layer of tissue which lines the inside of the back of the eye. The function of the retina is to turn images entering the eye into signals that go to the brain through the optic nerve.  If left untreated, an individual’s retina becoming loose or detached can lead to permanent blindness. It is possible for doctors to reattach the retina, but it must be treated immediately.

Optic nerve damage is another serious problem that may cause blurred vision after an automobile accident. The optic nerves are responsible for carrying messages from the eyes to the brain. An increased pressure in the skull as a result of a brain injury can put pressure on the optic nerves. This pressure is capable of cutting off blood circulation to the optic nerves and can lead to vision loss, and in some cases, complete blindness.

Vitreous hemorrhage is another serious problem that can result from an automobile accident and cause individuals to experience blurred vision. The human eye contains a clear, jelly-like substance called the vitreous humor. Sometimes, a head injury can cause blood vessels in the eye to bleed into the vitreous. While this type of injury can lead to problems with vision, most vitreous hemorrhages clear over time with medication.

It is important to discuss any vision changes after an automobile accident with a medical professional. Many vision problems may be temporary, but some have the potential to cause permanent damage.  Accordingly, any change in vision after an automobile accident should be addressed immediately. West Coast Wellness can help provide the right diagnosis and treatment plan for your injuries. Our team of surgeons, interventional pain management doctors, and therapists have helped people eliminate their pain and regain their health since 1984. For more information, contact us at (941) 210-3969.