In the case of a car air bag inflating, all three types
of eye injuries can occur. The force of impact can cause a blow to the eye,
foreign objects may enter the eye, and chemicals in the air bag can burn the
Eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear.
Wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shields when working with power tools
or chemicals or when doing any activity that might cause an object or substance to
get into your eyes. Some professions, such as health care and construction, may
require workers to use protective eyewear to reduce the risk of foreign objects
or substances or body fluids getting in the eyes.
After an eye
injury, you need to watch for
vision changes and
symptoms of an infection. Most minor eye injuries can
be treated at home. See Home Treatment for first aid
Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.