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The residual effects of whiplash injury - Eye movement disorders

It has been found that visual disturbances are a regular occurrence after sustaining a whiplash injury. Most of these result in eye movement disorders which could include involuntary, rapid and repetitive movement of the eyes and double vision. Read more about signs and symptoms of whiplash injury.

A study was conducted by Van Nechel et al to establish the types of eye movement disorders most commonly suffered after a whiplash injury. The majority of participants selected had been involved in rear-end car collisions. Read more about common causes of whiplash injury.


The participants were asked questions such as "does the disorder affect near or distance vision, or fixed or moving targets?"

They were also presented with a range of targets; a Nicolet light bar controlled by a computer at 10°, 20° and 30° to the right or left of a central fixation point. A succession of 40 stimulations was carried out in accordance with two paradigms:

The lateral target was switched on for one second after the extinction of the central fixation point

The target was switched on for 10 milliseconds after the disappearance of the central fixation point and then switched on again one second later for one second in the same position.


73% of these whiplash sufferers complained of visual disorders with the most frequent being:

In fact, 21 out of 50 reported impaired near-sight and 20 complained of double vision. Further, 72% complained of headaches, one of the most common ongoing symptoms of a whiplash injury. Read more about diagnosis and prognosis of whiplash injury.

Making a compensation claim for a whiplash injury

If you have been involved in a car accident or other accident that has resulted in you sustaining a whiplash injury then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Our personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience with whiplash injury cases. They are at hand to offer free legal advice and guide you though each of the claim in order to achieve the most compensation available for your injury. Read more about compensation amounts.

We offer a no win, no fee service. This means that our clients don’t pay a penny in up front costs. What’s more, if you lose your case, you won’t pay anything at all. No win, no fee, is exactly what it sounds like. Read more about no win no fee whiplash injury claims.

Making a personal injury compensation claim couldn't be simpler. Just fill out one of our online assessment forms and we will get back to you whenever it is convenient or call 0800 197 32 32 today.