Retinal Hemorrhage From Shaken Baby Syndrome

One of the common effects of shaken baby syndrome on a baby or child is retinal hemorrhaging.  In the case of a retinal hemorrhage (sometimes spelled haemorrhage), blood vessels within the retina become filled with blood, causing them to burst.  Although the effects of a retinal hemorrhage range from moderate to severe depending on the injury, they may include the following: 

  • Floaters (often red or dark)
  • Light flashes
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of vision.

Retinal hemorrhage is associated with bleeding in the vitreous humor (the gel between the retina and the lens).  A vitreous hemorrhage will often obstruct an infant or baby's vision.  If the vitreous hemorrhage is severe, a shaken baby may take several months or more to regain vision, since his or her body will need longer to reabsorb the blood. In the case of repeated or extensive bleeding, scarring can occur on the retina, at times leading to retinal detachment (the peeling away of the retina from the layer of support tissue beneath it) and, as a result, permanent loss of vision or even blindness.  Especially in infants and babies younger than 2-years-old, more severe cases of vitreous hemorrhage may result in myopic shift (causing near-sightedness) and/or amblyopia ("lazy eye" characterized by poor vision or abnormal proportions).

Retinal hemorrhaging is one of many common effects of shaken baby syndrome on a baby's eyes or other parts of the body.  For more information on abusive head trauma, important resources, and free answers to questions concerning your unique situation, contact shaken baby syndrome attorney Chris Keane.  As an advocate for shaken baby syndrome victims, he will help you find the best medical care for your child and consult with you for free with compassion and professionalism.

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