Over the course of the most recent year for which there is available data, over 250,000 children under the age of 12 were treated for toy-related eye injuries in emergency rooms across the United States. Of particular concern is the related finding that children’s eye injuries from non-powdered guns (such as BB guns, pellet guns, airsoft guns, and paintball guns) increased by 511 percent over a recent two-year period, when 3,000 children received treatment for such injuries. The most common injuries sustained by these children were corneal abrasions (scratches on the outer surface of the eye) and “hyphema” (pooling of blood in the front of the eye). The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends against giving projectile-propelling toys to children.
P.S. When purchasing sports equipment for children, be sure to include protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses that is appropriate to the sport.