It goes without saying that you stand a high chance of receiving severe injuries in a Pennsylvania car crash. But did you know that a car crash could blind you for life?

Retinal detachment represents one of the most frequent blindness-producing injuries that car crash victims suffer. It happens when some or all of the retinal cells in the back of your eyes get torn away from the tissues underneath them, thereby depriving them of their blood supply. While this sounds terribly painful, Ideal Eyecare explains that it is not. You will, however, likely experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden, rapid decrease in vision
  • A gray curtain over your vision
  • Shadows and/or decrease in your peripheral vision
  • Numerous “eye floaters”
  • Flashes of light

Surgical intervention

Remember, you likely will feel little or no pain in your eyes should your retinas detach as a result of your car crash. Consequently, if you should experience any of the above-listed symptoms, you should consider this a medical emergency and seek immediate treatment. Without it, you could become completely and permanently blind.

Unfortunately, the only way to treat retinal detachment is via surgery. Even then, you must have one of the following surgeries within 24 hours of your accident to ensure its best results:

  • Laser surgery
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy
  • Cryopexy
  • Scleral buckle

Which procedure your ophthalmologist chooses will depend on the severity and position of your retinal detachment(s).

Given the fact that we all rely extensively on our eyes in order to live our lives, saving your vision after a car crash is of utmost importance. If you lose your ability to see, you will be consigned to a life of unceasing darkness.

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