Many sports pose the risk of eye injuries; some have a higher risk than others. According to “The National Eye Institute”, baseball is considered a high risk for eye injury and has the leading number of sports-related eye injuries. Although sports such as baseball & basketball have the highest risk, a recent study has found that Paintball actually poses the greatest risk of vision loss associated with the injury.
The reason that Paintball/Airsoft has the highest risk of vision loss is because, while large balls such as baseballs may fracture bones, smaller balls (like a paintballs) can injure or rupture the eyeball itself. So what can be done to lower the amount vision loss injuries in Paintball? Eye Protection…our insurance program requires full face & ear protection for Paintball and Airsoft. So why full face & ear when we are talking about eye injuries hear? Ear injuries are actually said to be the next common type of Paintball injury after eyes. Ear injuries can result in hearing loss, concussion or even a ruptured ear drum. This is true for Airsoft as well, ever had a BB in the ear? Not pleasant. Bottom line is, injuries from any sport can be potentially serious. Be sure to use the recommended safety equipment every time.
WebMD. “Paintball Causes Many Vision-Robbing Eye Injuries”. http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/news/20161103/paintball-causes-many-vision-robbing-eye-injuries#1. November 4, 2016.
National Eye Institute. “Sport-Specific Risk”. https://nei.nih.gov/sports/risk
NOLO. “Paintball Injury Lawsuits”. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/paintball-injury-lawsuits-33966.html. 2016.