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Assaults With Paintball Guns Cause More Serious Eye Injuries Than Previously Known, New Study Reports

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University of Chicago Medicine researchers reviewing two years of data on assaults with paintball guns found more patients than expected suffered vision-threatening emergencies after being struck in the eye, with several experiencing a rupture of the eyeball or even permanent blindness.

"Many of these patients had devastating outcomes, such as irreversible vision loss," said lead author Shivam Amin, MD, a second-year resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago Medicine. "Some people may view paintball guns as harmless toys, but they can cause serious harm when used ...