Corneal Abrasion Injury Lawyers
Across American streets and highways this year, approximately 285,000 people will suffer an eye injury. Many will endure the trauma of losing all or part of their vision. One of the most common forms of impairment in Oklahoma auto accidents is a corneal abrasion injury.
A corneal abrasion is a scratch or other damage to the cornea, the clear protective covering over the iris and pupil (the colored area and black circle in the center of the eye, respectively). The cornea functions as a barrier, stopping foreign matter from penetrating into the areas of the eye that are essential to perception.
The corneas nerve endings are sensitive to contact, temperature and chemicals, and the corneas center is a mere 0.5 0.6mm thick. This natural partition plays an important part in human vision, and a severe corneal abrasion could have life-altering effects. During an automotive collision, broken glass, airbags and various debris can strike the eye and cause trauma to the cornea.
If you or someone you love has suffered the relentless pain and discomfort of a corneal abrasion injury, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. The attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm can discuss your legal options and help determine the most appropriate method to pursue justice for you.
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Symptoms of a Corneal Abrasion
There are several indications that one might have a corneal abrasion, some of which may not appear for hours after the initial injury. Some of these symptoms include:
- Sensation of sand, grit or other foreign body in the eye
- Pain, especially upon blinking
- Tearing and redness
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurriness, distortion or loss of vision
- Muscle spasms and squinting
It should be noted that most corneal abrasions only affect one eye, except in cases of burns caused by chemical or ultraviolet light. If symptoms are severe, seek treatment after you've determined the cause of your injury.
Causes of Trauma to the Cornea
There are many ways the eye can suffer an injury during an auto accident. To lessen your chances of severe injury in an accident, your first line of defense is your seat belt. The Eye Injury Snapshot (EIS) shows that approximately 42% of people who sustain an eye injury during an auto accident are not wearing a seat belt. Using your restraint device can lessen the damage done by causes of corneal abrasion, which include:
- Jabbing a finger to the eye
- Projectile metal
- Airbag deployment
- Glass shards
- Blunt trauma
- Dirt or dust
- Improperly fitted contact lenses
Dryness of the eye also causes corneal sensitivity, increasing susceptibility to injury.
Airbag injuries constitute a mere 4.4% of all eye injuries in the United States annually according to EIS data, and ocular injuries tend to be more severe in automobiles where an airbag is not deployed. A 2007 study found a positive correlation between seat belt use during airbag deployment and reduced recovery time, as well as lesser severity in eye injuries.
During a vehicular collision, it is more common for debris to fly into the cabin of the automobile and enter the eye. If you have suffered a corneal abrasion, it is best to resist the urge to rub your eyes. The best course of action is to seek diagnosis from an ophthalmologist.
Diagnosing a Corneal Abrasion
When you visit your ophthalmologist, there are certain techniques he or she will use to detect whether an abrasion exists, its location and course of treatment. Here is what you can expect during your visit.
- An ophthalmoscope or slit lamp microscope will be used to evaluate your eye
- A numbing eye-drop will be administered to alleviate pain and allow the eye to remain open
- A drop of fluorescein will be administered to the eye, which will fill in the defect and glow, revealing its location
- Eye-drops to stop spasms and reduce sensitivity to light may also be administered blurred vision can result
Its important to inform your doctor about any previous eye problems, injuries, glaucoma or allergies to avoid complications during your diagnosis or subsequent treatment.
Treatment of Corneal Abrasions
Corneal abrasions may heal within 24 48 hours. There are many treatment methods that you can utilize from the time you are inflicted to after you have been diagnosed.
Before Seeing a Doctor
- Do not touch, rub, or apply pressure
- Do not attempt to remove any object or debris
- Do not apply ointment or medications
- Lift the upper eyelid over the lashes of your lower lid to loosen or get rid of any particles
- Blink several times to promote tear production, allowing tears to flush eye
- Use eyewash or water to flush the eye
- Over-the-counter pain medicine may be used
- Wear sunglasses to reduce pain due to light sensitivity
- Rest with eyes closed to facilitate healing
- Avoid driving until ophthalmologist says it is safe
- Antibiotic eye-drops may be prescribed
- Steroid or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye-drops may be prescribed
- A tetanus vaccination may be recommended if rusty metallic debris is present
It is important to allow your eye to heal from the trauma of a corneal abrasion. You can follow the guidelines above to ease your discomfort and help with the healing process.
Contact a Tulsa Lawyer Today
The Edwards Law Firm has the expertise and experience to lead you to justice. Our legal professionals have been practicing in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas for many years, getting to know each of our clients, as well as their cases. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible while seeking the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
If you or a loved one has suffered a corneal abrasion injury or other trauma to the eye during an auto accident, you deserve justice and may be entitled to recourse for the medical bills, lost wages and other damages you have suffered. The Edwards Law Firm is prepared to take on your case today.
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