Several recent reports have documented severe ocular trauma after air-bag inflation during motor vehicle accidents.1,2 Scott et al2 reported a case in which a patient sustained periorbital fractures, retinal tears, and lens subluxation during a single vehicle accident in which the driver's-side air bag inflated. We describe herein a patient who developed localized corneal edema, hyphema, and angle recession following trauma after air bag inflation during a motor vehicle accident.
Report of a Case.
A 51-year-old man, wearing a three-point lap-shoulder seat belt and driving a late-model Mazda RX7 was involved in a two-car frontal collision in which both vehicles' driver's-side air bags inflated. The approximate speed of the vehicles was 15 to 20 mph. The other driver, who was also restrained with a three-point lap-shoulder seat belt, was unhurt. The make and model of her vehicle were not known. Our patient sustained abrasions to the right side
Lesher MP, Durrie DS, Stiles MC. Corneal Edema, Hyphema, and Angle Recession After Air Bag Inflation. Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(10):1320-1322. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090100026014