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Serious Eye Injuries From Paintball Games Rising in Younger Patients

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Paul Vinger, MD, a member of the sports safety committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tells WebMD that the consumer should be very careful to buy and use only eye protection devices that conform to industry standards.

"Paintball can be very safe if you take precautions," says Vinger. "Somewhere on the box, it should say that the goggles conform to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard 1776. This means that they have passed a rigorous test and minimize the chance a paintball or fragments can come in contact with the eyes."

According to Fineman, none of the patients in their study were wearing goggles that met the current standards.

 

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