Long-term sequelae of isolated chemical "airbag" keratitis

Shidan de Vries, Annette J Geerards

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PURPOSE: To report the long-term sequelae of a case of bilateral chemical keratitis caused by airbag deployment.

METHODS: Case report and review of the literature.

RESULTS: A 21-year-old woman presented with bilateral reduced vision, photophobia, and tearing after a car accident. Examination revealed some facial burns and severe chemical injury to the cornea and conjunctiva. Immediate irrigation with physiologic saline solution and subsequent treatment with topical antibiotics, corticosteroids, and vitamin C resulted in full restoration of vision but could not prevent permanent corneal damage.

CONCLUSIONS: Severe alkali injury of the cornea generally has a good prognosis but can lead to permanent damage and persistent complaints of dry eye.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998-9
Number of pages2
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Air Bags/adverse effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents/administration & dosage
  • Ascorbic Acid/administration & dosage
  • Burns, Chemical/diagnosis
  • Corneal Injuries
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Eye Burns/chemically induced
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glucocorticoids/administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Keratitis/diagnosis
  • Photophobia/diagnosis
  • Therapeutic Irrigation
  • Vision Disorders/diagnosis
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating/diagnosis


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