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October 1993

Retinal Detachment Caused by Air Bag Injury

Author Affiliations

Milwaukee, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(10):1317-1318. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090100023010

A 40-year-old man drove his automobile into a road-side ditch to avoid an oncoming car. He struck a tree stump at a speed of 10 to 15 miles per hour, causing inflation of the driver's-side air bag, which struck his face and upper body. He did not strike any other components of the car's interior. He was wearing a three-point lap-shoulder belt and was not wearing glasses.

Immediately after the accident, the patient noted visual loss in the right eye. A vitreous hemorrhage was noted by his ophthalmologist. One month later he was noted to have developed a retinal detachment in the right eye. His visual acuity was hand motions in the right eye and 20/15 OS. Examination results of the left eye were normal. In the right eye, intraocular pressure was 41 mm Hg and inferior angle recession was present. There were 2+ cells and 3+ flare in the