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October 1993

Air Bag Injury Producing Retinal Dialysis and Detachment

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo; Shawnee-Mission, Kan

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(10):1320. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090100026013

An increasing variety of air bag-associated ocular injuries have been reported, ranging from chemical keratitis to retinal tears and orbital fractures.1-4 We recently treated a patient who experienced a traumatic iritis, vitreous hemorrhage, and retinal dialysis with retinal detachment following a blow to the eye from an air bag.

Report of a Case.  A 31-year-old woman with a previously unremarkable ocular history was the driver in a motor vehicle that was involved in a frontal collision. She was wearing a passive three-point restraint and was aware of the impending collision. She remembered the explosive inflation of the air bag and did not recall striking her head on any portion of the vehicle. Immediately following the collision, she noted decreased visual acuity in her left eye and mild erythema of the left side of her face.Ophthalmologic examination 2 days later revealed mild photophobia and a visual acuity of 20/20

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