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December 1995

Anterior Segment Trauma and Air Bags

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Detroit, Mich

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(12):1567-1568. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100120099018

Ocular injuries caused by the inflation of driver- or passenger-side air bags during motor vehicle collisions are increasing in frequency. The literature contains several case reports of air bag-related ocular injuries. Two of these cases involve corneal injuries1,2 and one describes vitreous and subretinal hemorrhages.3

Report of a Case.  The cornea and glaucoma services of the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich, examined a 51-year-old female physician who had sustained severe anterior segment injury in her right eye as a result of a driver-side air bag discharge during a motor vehicle crash. While the details of the collision are not known, it is known that during the immediate postcollision period, the patient required hospitalization for 5 days for a hyphema. Treatment at that time included topical steroids and cycloplegics.Ocular examination of the right eye 1 year later revealed a best corrected visual acuity of

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