BB guns and airsoft guns: A common cause of blindness

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Unfortunately there is a very common cause of blindness in children that could be easily prevented. Children report to emergency rooms quite frequently with BB gun injuries to their eyes. A BB will very easily destroy the eye and cause permanent blindness in that eye. This can be prevented  by parental supervision and by wearing protective shooting glasses made from impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses. Another common injury seen in resent times is eye injuries from airsoft guns. People are under the false impression that because airsoft pellets are made of plastic, they are safer. This is not true. The plastic projectile is travelling at such high velocity, that it can easily destroy an eye. Whether playing with a BB gun or an airsoft gun, a person should never point the gun at another person or animal. The shooter should select his or her target carefully, to avoid the projectile from ricocheting back at the shooter or toward others.

Your local Rinkov Eyecare Centers office can almost always accommodate eye emergencies, should you have an eye injury or infection that requires immediate attention. We care about your eye health for life.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*