Anterior lens capsule rupture caused by air bag trauma

Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Jun;123(6):832-3. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)71133-x.


Purpose: To report a child with anterior lens capsule rupture caused by air bag inflation.

Methods: A 10-year-old girl sustained a rupture of the right anterior lens capsule secondary to air bag deployment during a minor automobile accident. The evaluation included orbital ultrasound and orbital computed tomography.

Result: The right eye underwent lens aspiration with intraocular lens placement. Postoperatively, the patient did well with 20/25 best-corrected visual acuity.

Conclusion: Our case, in which the patient's lens capsule was ruptured by air bag inflation, illustrates that air bag deployment, even in minor low-speed accidents, can cause severe blunt trauma to the eye.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Anterior Eye Segment*
  • Child
  • Eye Injuries / diagnosis
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / diagnostic imaging
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / injuries*
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / pathology
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Rupture
  • Ultrasonography
  • Visual Acuity
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / etiology*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / surgery