While the use of airbags has long been associated with a reduction in MVC mortality, the incidence of ocular-related airbag trauma has been well described in ophthalmologic literature [1-6]. Airbag-related injuries include alkali burns, lens dislocation, corneal abrasions, traumatic cataracts, globe rupture, and others.
Most modern airbags are equipped with a nylon bag that deploys upon vehicle impact and can cause significant facial injury. This is the likely cause of the textured honeycombed corneal abrasion in our patient described above. Airbag-related eye injuries have been found to be exceedingly rare when the vehicle occupant survives the incident and a restraint system was used appropriately .