In a car crash, one of the injuries that you could suffer from is an orbital fracture. This is a fracture that impacts the bones that are around the eyeball.
While a broken bone isn’t always the most dangerous condition to live with, a broken bone around the eye can be devastating. Depending on how bad the injury is, the eye could be damaged as well.
What are the types of orbital fractures?
There are multiple kinds of orbital fractures including:
- Orbital rim fractures
- Orbital floor fractures
- Blowout fractures
With each of these, there is a chance that the eye will be impacted and unable to work properly. The most common kind of orbital fracture in a car crash is the orbital rim fracture, which is an injury to the outer edge of the eye socket. If you have this injury, there is a high likelihood that you also have other facial injuries and could have optic nerve damage.
What are the symptoms of orbital fractures?
- Orbital fractures have symptoms such as:
- Blood in the whites of the eye
- Intense pain in the cheeks, especially when opening the mouth
- Sunken or bulging eyeballs
- Black and blue bruising around the eyes
- Double vision
- Blurry or decreased vision
- Swelling in the cheeks or forehead
- Numbness on one side of the face
- Trouble looking up, down, left or right
If you are involved in a crash and have any of these symptoms, getting medical care is important. Early treatment may help save your eyesight and prevent further complications. The at-fault party may be able to be held liable through a personal injury claim.