Although it may not be the injury that you would have thought would occur, your eye injury was a direct result of your car crash. Today, you’re talking with doctors to decide if you can keep your eye, if surgery is an option and if you’ll have any potential to see in the future.

While the number of eye injuries that happen in car crashes have decreased thanks to the use of air bags, they do still happen. They can be devastating and debilitating.

What should you expect if you injure your eye or eyes in a car crash?

Initially, you will need to get a diagnosis. Your eye or eyes may be very swollen, and you will likely have at least one black eye. The initial bruising and swelling should go down within seven to 10 days, but there may be other concerns.

You need a diagnosis for any damage to your eye. Some common injuries include:

  • Corneal abrasions, where the eye is scratched (this is an emergency)
  • Penetrating objects in the eye
  • Chemical burns
  • Eye bleeding

If you have any injury to your eyes, the medical provider who sees you will start with a physical exam. You may also need imaging tests, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scan. Once the injury is identified, your doctor will talk to you more about your options. Some injuries, like corneal abrasions and injuries caused by penetration may require emergency surgery. Your doctor should be able to give you an idea of what to expect once a diagnosis is made.

There is a chance that you could be blinded due to a crash. Our website has more on what to do if you suffer injuries to one or both eyes in a wreck.