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Effect of Restraining Devices on Eye Injury in Motor Vehicle Collisions

Hwang, Kun MD, PhD; Kim, Joo Ho MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: January 2015 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 220–221
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001261
Clinical Studies
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The aim of this systematic review is to summarize and critically evaluate the evidence for or against the effectiveness of restraining devices on eye injury in motor vehicle collisions (MVCs).

In a PubMed search, the search terms “eye injury and seatbelt,” “eye injury and car belt,” “eye injury and airbag,” and “eye injury and restraining” were used. Among the 30 potentially relevant articles, 5 articles met our inclusion criteria. The odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from each study were abstracted. The statistical analysis was performed with Review Manager (The Nordic Cochrane Centre).

Three studies were subgrouped, and a meta-analysis of these data suggested no significant effects of an airbag on increasing eye injury in MVCs (n = 10,123,954; OR, 1.10; 95% CI, 0.77–1.56). Two studies were subgrouped, and a meta-analysis of these data suggested that there are beneficial effects of seat belts on decreasing eye injury in MVCs (n = 43,057,271; OR, 0.50; 95% CI, 0.50–0.51).

Seat belts were effective to decrease eye injuries in MVCs. However, airbags had no significant effect on an increase to eye injuries. When using airbags, seat belts should be used together.

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea

Received June 3, 2014.

Accepted for publication July 31, 2014.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Kun Hwang, Department of Plastic Surgery, Inha University School of Medicine, 27 Inhang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon 400-711, Korea; E-mail: jokerhg@inha.ac.kr

Supported by grant from the Inha University (Inha Research Grant).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2015 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.