Doctors warn Nerf guns can cause irrerversible eye damage

Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

Doctors have written in the British Medical Journal about treating three children for eye injuries caused by playing with the popular toys, which fire soft foam darts, discs and balls.

Doctors from a London eye hospital are warning that Nerf bullets - foam-like bullets fired from toy guns - can cause serious damage if they hit you in the eye.

Experts from the UK's leading eye hospital said bullets from the guns and blasters could lead to internal bleeding around the eye as well as issues such as blurred vision. Significant Nerf gun ocular injuries are not reported in the literature, as far as we know.

According to the write up by the authors, children as well as adults who played with these guns, need to wear protective eye gear and goggles while playing with these toys. A projectile travelling at high speed can cause irreversible vision loss*.

The child and the other two patients - a man, 32, and a 43-year-old woman - were treated with medicated eye drops and recovered.

The authors said they could not advise on a safe distance for shooting to avoid eye injuries on the basis of three patients.

The authors of the paper looked at the non-branded, cheaper bullets that are available at the stores as an alternative to the original Nerf bullets.

Doctors warned cheaper, non-branded bullets could be even more risky as they were harder - while YouTube videos showed children how they could modify the toys to make them shoot "harder, faster, further".

"This case series serves to raise awareness of the seriousness of Nerf gun ocular injuries".

But they said more research was needed to find out if eye injuries were on the rise as a result of toy guns. Also adults and kids are both at risk of losing their vision to this toy and adequate care must be taken.

They suggested that the safe age limit may need to be reviewed.

In an official statement of Hasbro says the safety of its production is for the firm's "top priority". They added that their products meet the global standards and regulations and that their darts are made up of foam.

The guns are now locked away and can only be used by Sarah's sons, who are four and five, when they are supervised and wearing eyewear. Aiming the darts at another person's face or eyes is not desirable and not to be done, the spokesperson said.

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