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How does blindness occur?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2021 | Firm News

There are many injuries that can lead to blindness. Your eyes are rather delicate. If you suffer a severe blow to the head or some other injury to your face, it could cause permanent damage to your eyes that leads to blindness. 

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, accidents are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. 

Types of injuries

Accidents can lead to specific injuries within the eyes or structures that impact the eyes. Any damage to the retina or optical nerve will have a great impact on vision. A stroke in the eye can happen from trauma and lead to blindness. Even a blocked blood vessel can impact vision. 

Types of blindness

It is important to understand that blindness does not always mean a total and complete loss of eyesight. Blindness is a lack of vision and can be in varying stages. It includes situations where corrective lenses cannot help to completely fix your vision any better than 20/200. 

Partial blindness would include all cases where some vision or visual abilities remain. Complete blindness is an extreme loss of vision. With complete blindness, you cannot see anything. You will not see any light, shapes or movement. 

You may hear partial blindness where a person uses corrective lenses as legally blind. This is a legal term and not a medical term. It often will impact a person’s ability to get a driver’s license and will help them when seeking disability or other benefits. 

Your type of blindness may stay the same and never get better or worse. It may also improve or reverse, depending on the damage to your eye and the cause of the vision loss.