Eye Protection For Handball And Paintball

It was eventually recognised that the high speed of handballs compressed the ball enough to protrude through the opening and cause serious eye damage. The use of handball goggles without lenses is strongly discouraged.

Paintball players also are at extreme risk of devastating eye injuries if they fail to wear full facial protection.

A study published in America found that among 36 people who suffered eye injuries from high velocity paintballs, the most common finding was bleeding inside the eye (hyphema), which occurred in 81 percent of the injured eyes. A total of 9 eyes (25 percent) required emergency surgery to repair a ruptured eyeball. Ultimately, 29 eyes (81 percent) needed surgical intervention, with retinal detachment occurring in 19 percent of the eyes and removal of the eye enucleation required in 22 percent of the cases.

Final visual acuity was 20/40 or better in only 36 percent of the injured eyes, and 18 eyes (50 percent) had permanent vision loss that was worse than 20/200.

The study authors said that 97 percent of the paintball eye injuries could have been prevented with the proper use of protective eyewear.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us: 

Specs Direct  |  Professional Affordable Eyewear

20 McIntyre Street, Parow, Cape Town 7500

Tel: 021 939 1020


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