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October 1993

Air Bag-Associated Ocular Injury

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(10):1318. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090100024011

We read the Case Report by Scott et al1 in the January 1993 issue of the Archives with great interest. These authors described a patient with periorbital fractures, retinal tears, and lens subluxation from air bag insufflation and found three cases in the literature of similar damage. They must not have been aware that we reported two cases of ocular injury from air bags in the November 1991 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.2

In the first case, there was corneal edema and anterior uveitis that responded to steroid treatment as well as retinal edema that resolved spontaneously with return of visual acuity. In the second case, there was a choroidal rupture. Our letter was written in response to a report by Ingraham et al3 of alkali eye injury from air bag discharge. Interestingly, one of our patients felt sure that he had been in

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