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Air Gun: Not Really A “Toy Weapon”

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Medical Association are encouraging people who use air guns to wear the proper type of protective goggles. This is the only way to prevent possible vision loss from air gun use.

Air guns are firearms that use compressed gas to propel a projectile. In 2012 roughly 3,161 children were treated in US emergency departments for nonpowder gun-related eye injuries. Since 2010 rates of severe nonpowder gun pediatric eye injury have increased by over 500% (P = 0.039). In the study, nearly three out of 10 young patients who suffered air-gun injuries still had poor eyesight after treatment, with visual acuity worse than 20/50.

Common eye trauma ophthalmologists see frequently from air gun use:

AAO Tips for Protecting Your Eyes from Airgun Injury:

Pellet Guns & Eye Injuries

Pellets are loaded with lead and once fired they disperse in huge numbers. They don’t follow a definite path. Pellets penetrate the skin’s soft tissues, and eye being the delicate structure is the most vulnerable to damage. Once the pellet goes inside an eye it shatters tissues and causes multiple damages to all parts of the eye.


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