Air Bags Deploy Fast! Since 1989, when air bags were first required in cars sold these safety devices have saved thousands of lives. But there has been plenty of controversy about the risk/reward of air bags; many people have sustained significant injuries from them, and deaths have even been attributed to air bag deployment.

Newer vehicles are equipped with air bags that deploy with less force than first-generation bags, making them safer.

Though it’s possible to sustain a corneal abrasion or other eye injury from your vehicle’s air bags during an accident, you would be at risk of much more serious injuries (including eye injuries from a shattered windshield) without these safety devices when traveling at highway speeds.

here’s a couple of tips to help reduce your risk of injury to your eyes and head from air bags:

  • Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt and that it’s properly adjusted.
  • Adjust the headrest of your seat for proper support.
  • Sit at least 30-40cm away from the steering wheel.
  • Don’t smoke while driving.
  • Have children sit in the back seat with seatbelts and safety seats properly adjusted.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

Specs Direct  |  Professional Affordable Eyewear

20 McIntyre Street, Parow, Cape Town 7500

Tel: 021 939 1020

Note: We are contracted in to all medical aids