Eye Injuries - Corneal Abrasion - St. Louis Car Crash Lawyer

by Christopher Hoffmann on Mar. 15, 2017

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: If you have suffered an eye injury such as corneal abrasion in a car accident that was a result of another person’s fault, you may be able to recover compensation for all your losses.

A corneal abrasion injury is a type of eye injury that involves damage to the front, clear layer of the eye known as cornea. This type of injury usually occurs due to the cornea getting scraped, scratched or worn off because of an injury or a foreign object hitting the eye. Corneal abrasion can occur as a result of a St. Louis car accident.

Any eye injury, including a corneal abrasion can have serious consequences, and if not treated properly or in a timely manner, it can lead to vision loss. In this post, our St. Louis accident injury lawyer will discuss corneal abrasion injury in detail.


Common car accident related causes of corneal abrasion injuries


The cornea is a very sensitive part of the eye, so even a minor trauma resulting from a car accident can cause a painful and severe corneal injury. Some of the ways in which corneal abrasion injury can result from a car accident include:

  • Metal filings

  • Glass fragments

  • Blunt Trauma

  • Dirt particles

While there can be several factors that can cause a corneal abrasion injury, in a car accident, it is common for flying debris from the crash to enter the cabin of the motor vehicles involved and potentially enter the eye at any point during and after the crash. This can cause various other severe eye injuries apart from corneal abrasion injury.


Common symptoms of corneal abrasion


Symptoms of a corneal abrasion injury are similar to those of common eye injuries. So, only a doctor can examine the affected eye, and determine the type and severity of injury. However, a car accident victim who has suffered a corneal abrasion will likely experience some or all of the following symptoms.

  • Eye pain or burning and stinging in the eye

  • Blurred vision

  • Feeling like something is in your eye

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Redness of the eye

  • Light sensitivity

  • Watery eyes or increased tearing


Treatment for a corneal abrasion injury


Corneal abrasion injury may be minor or severe. While in most cases, a corneal abrasion injury is not permanent, sometimes long term damage can occur.

  • Removal of the foreign object that caused the corneal abrasion

  • Antibiotic topical cream

  • Antibiotic eye drops

  • Pain management medication

  • Using a moist compress to relieve pain

  • Wearing an eye patch

  • Avoid rubbing the affected area

  • Avoid wearing contact lenses


The course of treatment usually depends on the severity of injury, and is usually determined after the doctors have examined the injury.



Seeking legal help for a car accident related eye injury claim


Any type of eye injury can have long term impact on the victim’s vision. If you have suffered an eye injury such as corneal abrasion in a car accident that was a result of another person’s fault, you may be able to recover compensation for all your losses. Contact an experienced St. Louis accident lawyer to get help with the claim.


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