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Can a slip-and-fall accident cause vision loss?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2023 | Slip & Fall

At one point or another, virtually everyone has slipped, tripped or fallen. While the vast majority of falls are not serious, too many others cause catastrophic injuries. Indeed, broken bones, nerve damage and muscle injuries are all relatively common in slip-and-fall accidents.

If you hit your head during a fall, you also might develop a traumatic brain injury. Regardless of your age and overall health, a TBI is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. This is especially true if you experience vision loss after falling.

How can a fall cause vision loss?

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause vision loss in a couple of ways. First, it is possible to injure your eye or its surrounding parts during a fall. For example, the edge of a chair might cut into your eye or break the bones that form its socket.

Even worse, hitting your head during a fall might lead to vision loss. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the occipital lobe at the back of your brain is responsible for vision. Consequently, a blow to the back of your head during a fall can lead to impaired vision.

Does fall-associated vision loss go away?

If you have vision loss after a slip-and-fall accident, your prognosis might depend on the nature and extent of your injury. Still, receiving prompt treatment is likely to improve your prognosis considerably. You should not expect fall-associated vision loss to go away on its own, however.

Ultimately, pursuing financial compensation for your fall-related injury can give you the resources you need to obtain top-level care for your vision loss.

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