Car accidents cause numerous bodily injuries. One injury that is often overlooked in the initial medical evaluation after a car accident is a loss of vision. Few medical professionals in healthcare facilities, including head trauma rehabilitation centers, are sufficiently aware of visual problems resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury.
When two cars collide, the force causes the body to move back and forth even if wearing a seatbelt. When this happens and a party hits their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or headrest, it can result in a head injury also known as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These injuries can result in temporary or permanent vision loss.
There is a close relationship between the brain and vision. Head injuries interfere with the flow and process of information from the brain to the eyes. Often times, people do not remember hitting their head in a car accident. If they don’t mention a head injury in the emergency room it will go untreated. After a car accident, it is important to do a thorough self-evaluation. Do not overlook any bodily functions starting from your head down to your toes. Vision, hearing, and all of one’s senses can be affected by an accident. When it comes to vision, things to look for are:
? Sensitivity to light
? Loss of visual field
? Blurred vision
? Double vision
? Headaches with reading
There are a number of visual skill affected by a head injury. In your self-evaluation, if you notice any visual problems it is imperative to seek medical treatment immediately.