Increasing paintball related eye trauma reported to a state eye injury registry.

Publications // Ronald Danis // Dec 01 1999

PubMed ID: 10628923

Author(s): Kitchens JW, Danis RP. Increasing paintball related eye trauma reported to a state eye injury registry. Inj Prev. 1999 Dec;5(4):301-2. PMID 10628923

Journal: Injury Prevention : Journal Of The International Society For Child And Adolescent Injury Prevention, Volume 5, Issue 4, Dec 1999

OBJECTIVES To evaluate an apparent increase in documented trauma from paintball related eye injuries reported to the Eye Injury Registry of Indiana.

METHODS A retrospective review of cases reported to the database is reported, with representative case histories.

RESULTS No injuries from paintball were reported during the period June 1992 to June 1996. Over the next two years 11 injuries were reported, representing 4% of all ocular trauma reports over this period. Visual outcome is poor in many of these eyes and more than one half present with posterior segment ocular injury.

CONCLUSIONS Severe ocular trauma results from impacts from paintball pellets, and the occurrence of injuries appears to be increasing due to growth in popularity of this war game. Diligent use of eye protection by all participants is necessary to prevent a continuing rise in ocular trauma prevalence from this activity.