Loss of an Eye Due to an Accident
What Is An Enucleation Or Eye Loss?
The eyes are organs of the visual system in the human body. The front part of the eye includes the iris, cornea, pupil, sclera, and conjunctiva. The back of the eye includes the retina, lenses and optical nerve. When the eye becomes diseased or is severely injured following an accident, enucleation surgery may be necessary to treat the diseased or injured eye.
Enucleation is the surgical removal of the entire eye. The muscles that are attached to the outside of the eyeball are left intact. If the muscles are not injured during the accident, they will help move the prosthetic eye implant and mimic natural eye movements.
What Are The Symptoms Of An Enucleation Or Eye Loss?
Pain, tenderness and inflammation of the eye are symptoms that over time or through severe blunt trauma lead to eye loss.
How Is An Enucleation Or Eye Loss Diagnosed?
Doctors examine vision and the eye for injury. If the eye cannot be saved the eye is surgically removed. Once the eye is removed the victim is fitted with a custom made prosthetic eye – sometimes called an artificial or glass eye to improve facial appearance. A prosthetic eye may move like a normal eye depending on the type of implant and how the eye muscles respond.
How Is An Enucleation Or Eye Loss Treated?
Adjusting to one eye and the accompanying vision loss are the most immediate effect of eye loss. Time is needed to perform daily living functions like pouring tea, personal care, and reading. Headaches are common and tired achy eye feelings last for months. In Massachusetts, a person with one eye is legally able to drive but the driver will need to move his or her entire head to compensate for the loss of the eye.
The experience of losing an eye and vision and having a prosthetic eye implanted is a traumatic experience. For a long period of time, the victim will require psychological treatment and a significant period of time to make adjustments to changed condition and visual deficit. The other eye must also be protected to avoid any additional loss.
Compensation For An Enucleation Or Eye Loss
If you have experienced a severe eye injury and have had to surgically remove your eye after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have an injury claim and may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.
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