Korean J Ophthalmol.  2004 Jun;18(1):84-88. 10.3341/kjo.2004.18.1.84.

A Case of Air-bag Associated Severe Ocular Injury

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwang-ju, Korea.


Air-bags have received widespread support as an effective means of enhancing automotive safety, and they are becoming more common as standard automobile equipment on many cars. Although air-bag induced ocular injuries are rare, they present a serious concern because of the possibility of permanent damage or visual impairment. To date, most reports have investigated ocular injury from high velocity motor vehicle accidents and reports of ocular injury from low speed motor vehicle accidents have been rare. We describe a patient who sustained severe ocular injury, including periorbital fracture, hyphema, vitreous hemorrhage, and choroidal rupture of the macular area, due to an inflated air-bag in a low speed motor vehicle accident.


air-bag; motor vehicle accident; ocular injury
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