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What is a Ruptured Globe?

What is a Ruptured Globe?

One of the most serious injuries that an individual could sustain in a motor vehicle collision is called a ruptured globe. This is the term that is used to describe severe damage to the actual structure of the eye itself. Multiple structures inside of the eye could be damaged in a globe injury. These include:

  • The Sclera
  • The Cornea
  • The Pupil
  • The Iris
  • The eye socket itself

All of these structures play an important role in both the structure and the function of the eye. The sclera is the white portion of the eye while the iris is the colored portion of the eye. The cornea is a clear structure in front of the eye itself that focuses light as it passes through the eye. A ruptured globe is often seen in a traumatic event, such as an auto accident. If an individual has been diagnosed with a ruptured globe, this is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention by a trained medical professional. Emergency procedures are typically required to save the eye and preserve its vision.

Diagnosing a Ruptured Globe

The diagnosis of a ruptured globe begins with a detailed history and physical examination. The doctor is going to ask about the accident. Some of these questions could include:

  • When the accident occurred
  • The exact location of the impact on the face
  • The timing and severity of the symptoms
  • Any changes in vision include double vision, blurry vision, and color vision

After this, the doctor is going to test the vision of the eye. This could involve flashing lights in front of the eyes to see how the pupils react along with a vision test using a Snellen chart. The doctor is going to compare the performance of the two eyes. Then, the doctor will perform a detailed examination of the structure of the eye. The doctor will look for:

  • The presence of foreign bodies inside of the eye
  • The presence of bleeding
  • The shape of the pupil, iris, and sclera

A “teardrop” pupil is a particularly worrisome sign and often diagnostic of a ruptured globe. If this is not seen, the doctor may order a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis.

The Treatment of a Ruptured Globe

If a ruptured globe has been confirmed, emergency surgery is needed to repair the eye and preserve the vision. Usually, individuals are taken to the operating room after receiving general anesthesia to put them to sleep. The exact nature of the surgery is going to depend on both the extent and the severity of the injury. The doctor is going to remove any foreign bodies from the eye prior to repairing any damaged structures. If bone fractures are present, these will be repaired. Any wounds in the liquid portion of the eye will be fixed. The doctor will also try to minimize the amount of blood loss and prevent the onset of infection. Most importantly, even though the doctor is going to try to preserve vision in the eye, lost eyesight might not be restored. Finally, it is not unusual for individuals to require multiple surgical procedures. Sometimes, complications arise that require a repeat operation. After finding medical care, where else should families look for help?

Watch YouTube Video: Globe Rupture/Severe Eye Injury and Surgical Repair. In this video, Dr. Isaac Porter explains the types of surgery options to help save a ruptured globe and restore vision.

Contacting an Injury Lawyer for Help

If a loved one is in need of emergency surgery to repair a serious eye injury, there are lots of questions that could arise. Many of these questions could surround the possibility of blindness. This can place families under a tremendous amount of stress. As these questions come up, families deserve to have them answered. Under these conditions, it is a smart idea to speak with a trained personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Some of the resources that a caring attorney could provide include:

  • Review of detailed medical and accident records to make sure that nothing has been missed or overlooked
  • Help to pursue damages that are related to the accident, any injuries, and emotional distress
  • Assistance in speaking with financial institutions to ensure that benefits are paid out on time and in full
  • Moving a case to the courtroom when necessary

Families do not have to face this tough situation alone. Meeting with a Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help families in the recovery process. Do not hesitate to ask for help. You and your family may be deserving of a significant financial package.

Sacramento Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Sacramento. A rupture of the globe can lead to serious complications, including vision loss. If your loved one has sustained a severe injury of the eye or face, please call me at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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