Almost all relatively new cars have both airbags and seatbelts to help prevent injuries during car accidents. But did you know that improper use of these safety features can actually expose you to eye injury?
About Airbag Eye Injury Research A research report in Survey of Ophthalmology suggests that the incidence of eye injury and facial trauma from airbags is actually increasing. How can this be happening? Airbags were originally designed as a supplemental safety system to seatbelts-that is, to be used in conjunction with seatbelts, in order to protect the head from hard surfaces in frontal crashes. It is critical that all passengers wear their seatbelts even if your car has airbags in the front, back and sides of the passenger cabin. By design, wearing and proper use of seatbelts restricts and prevents you from being quickly and forcefully thrown forward and colliding with the rearward inflating and accelerating airbags as they are deployed during a car accident.
Eye Injuries from Airbags Airbag inflation, deployment and passenger collision with airbags has been reported to cause eye injuries including corneal abrasions, alkali burns and the serious effects of eye compression such as retinal tears, retinal and vitreous hemorrhages, retinal detachment and even cataracts.
SO-the message is clear. For eye protection and safety in motor vehicle accidents, all occupants of cars should wear safety belts at all times even if your vehicle has airbags!
If you or someone you know has questions about eye injury from airbags, car accidents or how to make sure you are using the safety features of your vehicle properly, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group, Google+ or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.