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Vision problems after a TBI can have long-term consequences 

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Commercial Vehicle Accidents |

If you’ve been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a car crash or a fall, you may be experiencing any number of symptoms. It largely depends on what part(s) of the brain suffered injury. 

Many gradually resolve on their own as the swelling in the brain subsides. However, not even doctors can predict what the long-term effects of a TBI may be.

Vision problems are reported by approximately 90% of those who suffer a TBI. That’s because this kind of injury often affects the ability of the brain to communicate with the eyes. These issues can range from minor to very serious. They include:

  • Light and motion sensitivity
  • Blurred vision 
  • Double vision 
  • Difficulty changing focus from something far away to something far away
  • Peripheral vision loss
  • Difficulty tracking movement 
  • Visual memory loss

That last one is when a person can’t remember something they just saw or read. Sometimes they can’t recognize the face of someone they know or a place they’ve been many times. This may be mistaken for a form of amnesia or a cognitive issue when it’s visual memory loss.

Vision issues don’t always present immediately 

While some types of vision dysfunction are obvious right away, others don’t show up for days, weeks or longer. It’s a good idea if you’re experiencing any issues with your eyes or vision to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If they believe the problem is serious, they may refer you to a neuro-optometrist. 

This can help you get the medical evidence you need if your vision dysfunction after a crash will affect your ability to work, drive or even do necessary chores around the house. If you’ve been injured by an at-fault driver or someone’s actions or negligence, it’s critical to make sure you seek compensation for any resulting economic and non-economic losses. That includes the cost of rehabilitation that can help you regain at least some of your visual ability. By getting legal guidance as soon as possible, you can protect your right to fair compensation.