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December 1991

Hyphema Caused by Air Bag

Author Affiliations

Pompton Lakes, NJ

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(12):1635. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080120013003

To the Editor.  —Rimmer and Shuler1 recently reported the first case of severe ocular trauma occurring in a patient who was "protected by a driver's-side air bag." I describe herein a patient who, rather than being protected by the air bag, suffered an ocular injury directly attributable to the air bag.

Report of a Case.  —A 34-year-old woman driving between 40 and 65 km/h skidded into another car on wet pavement. She was wearing a three-point lap-shoulder seat belt when the air bag inflated. The car sustained damage to the front end, but the passenger compartment and windows were intact. The patient presented to the emergency department with abrasions and contusions primarily centered in the middle of her face. Her unaided visual acuity was 20/200 OD and hand movement in the left eye. Abrasions were present on both eyelids, slightly greater on the left than on the right. She

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