BB, Pellet And Paintball Gun Eye Injuries Continue To Shoot Up

by Howard Ankin
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Eye injuries from BB guns, pellet guns, and paintball guns continue to rise each year. Most injury victims are children who experience serious eye injuries including blindness. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, thousands of children suffer serious eye injuries every year by air guns like BB guns, pellet guns, and paintball guns.

Air Gun Eye Injuries

Between 1990 and 2012, eye injuries from air guns rose 169 percent in the United States. Studies show that over 440,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country for eye injuries during the 23 year period. That number equates to more than 19,000 eye injuries each year, and two eye injuries each day. More than half of the injuries were severe and required hospitalization. Approximately 79 percent of hospitalizations were caused by BB guns and pellet guns, while 19 percent were caused by paintball guns. Injuries ranged from eye tissue and cornea damage to temporary loss of vision and even permanent blindness.

Two factors are common in air gun eye injuries: the lack of adult supervision and the high availability of air guns. When children sustain eye injuries from air guns, an adult is present only 11 percent of the time. In addition, most children who are injured by air guns are not wearing any type of safety glasses for protection.

Children between the ages of 10 and 17 experience the highest number of eye injuries. Boys suffer more injuries than girls. Injuries to boys account for 75 percent of all air gun injuries. The most common causes of eye injuries to children are baseballs, softballs, and basketballs, but serious air gun injuries continue to rise every year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30,000 people are injured by air guns including BB guns, pellet guns, and paintball guns every year. These air guns cause a variety of severe personal injuries and fatalities because they shoot out high-velocity projectiles. The Daisy Red Ryder gun, a popular BB gun model, reaches a velocity speed of 350 feet per second, almost 239 mph, and other BB guns reach even higher speeds.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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