International Ophthalmology

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 169–173

Eye injuries associated with paintball guns

  • Arman K. Farr
  • Sharon Fekrat

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006216125152

Cite this article as:
Farr, A.K. & Fekrat, S. Int Ophthalmol (1998) 22: 169. doi:10.1023/A:1006216125152


Aims: This study identifies the various types of ocular injuries sustained after blunt trauma with a paintball fired from a paintball gun. Methods: We report two patients who sustained injury to an eye after being shot with a paintball and review similar cases presented in the world literature. The type of injury sustained and the final visual acuity obtained after a paintball hit to the eye are examined. Results: The two boys presented were hit in the eye with a paintball resulting in lens subluxation, hyphema formation, and angle recession. Cataract extraction was required in both cases. One boy also had an optic neuropathy and a choroidal rupture. A review of the literature reveals a variety of injuries occur after a paintball hit to the eye. In some of the cases, the damage to the eye has led to loss of vision and at times loss of the eye. Conclusions: Paintball guns can cause devastating ocular injuries. Wearing protective eye and face gear during this game is essential. We recommend that an anti-fog face mask with a one-piece polycarbonate eye shield be worn by those participating in paintball games.

eye injury hyphema paintball guns protective gear 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arman K. Farr
  • Sharon Fekrat

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