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

Inj Prev. 1999 Dec;5(4):301-2. doi: 10.1136/ip.5.4.301.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries / etiology*
  • Eye Injuries / prevention & control
  • Eye Protective Devices
  • Humans
  • Indiana / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Retrospective Studies