As a New Mexico resident, no one need tell you how bad the roads can get during the winter. Snow and ice make for hazardous driving conditions anywhere, but add in the mountainous terrain in and around Albuquerque and you have the perfect storm for car accidents and the serious injuries that can result.

Unfortunately, Ideal Eyecare explains that a car accident can indeed blind you. In fact, per the National Federation of the Blind, approximately 25,000 people nationwide become partially or totally blind each year due to receiving a blunt force trauma to their face or head during an accident.

Vision problems

While a traumatic brain injury or pieces of debris hitting or piercing your eyes during an accident could cause you to immediately lose all vision, you more likely will notice one of the following vision problems:

  • Continual floaters that obstruct your vision
  • Recurring light flashes that not only obscure your vision, but also can cause severe headaches
  • Loss of your peripheral vision resulting in tunnel vision
  • A “gray curtain” in front of your eyes

Retinal detachment

If your retinas, those thin tissue layers near your optic nerves at the back of your eyes, become detached, they will no longer be able to send light signals to your brain, thereby rendering you partially or completely blind. This is why any eye injury represents a true medical emergency that calls for immediate surgical intervention such as one of the following:

  • Pneumatic retinopexy
  • Laser surgery
  • Cryopexy
  • Scleral buckle

Without such treatment you could become irrevocably totally blind.

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