Ocular paintball injuries

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2001 Jun;12(3):186-90. doi: 10.1097/00055735-200106000-00007.


Paintball sport-related ocular injuries represent an increasing problem as the popularity of the sport increases and the number of participants grows. Although eye protective devices designed specifically for paintball sports are extremely effective in preventing such injuries, the failure to properly wear these devices has resulted in an alarming number of severe ocular injuries. Recent trends have indicated that an increasing percentage of paintball sport-related ocular injuries have occurred in unsupervised, noncommercial settings (i.e., backyard games) where the use of eye protective devices is not required. Paintball industry standards for eye protection have recently been developed and should be implemented for all participants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Eye Injuries / complications*
  • Eye Injuries / prevention & control
  • Eye Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Wounds, Gunshot / complications*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / prevention & control