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Old 07-18-2012, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WARNING GRAPHIC Paintball Vs Eyeball

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5/18/12 - Paintball is one of the safest sports out there (statistically safer than bowling), but there is still the possibility for someone to get hurt. Therefore, I have stickied this thread to be a cautionary tale to others. -Baby Ollie

So it's 5 months since my last game and there I was on Sunday, pumped up and ready to go. Last game for the day and I'm in the safe zone and what happens?

That's right, from out in the field of play comes a paintball through the screen and finds my eye. I have just got home from hospital after a 4 day stay, 5 different types of eye drops and 3 different painkillers. At the moment I have total loss of vision and won't know if it will be fixable. The lense in my eye is shattered and the headaches are really bad. The only saving grace is the fact that the paintball didn't break, otherwise it would have been a whole lot worse. Please feel free to post this on the other forums to illustrate what can happen to your eye when hit. That way, hopefully people who are new to the sport will realise why it is important to keep your mask on at all times no matter what. I wouldn't want this happening to anyone else. Just to let you know, when I was hit it felt like my eyeball was coming out the back of my head. Play safe, be safe, have fun.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The amount of bad luck that must have accumulated...

Your eye is still in one piece, so that's a positive.
Hope for the best man!

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Twice I have watched people look down the barrel of loaded, aired-up markers to check for barrel breaks. On individual (many years my senior, but with zero paintball experience) told me that they had been "shooting guns since before I was born." The other individual (different time, different place) said that "I've been doing this for years and never had a problem." Geniuses, the both of them.

(This is not to say that it was in any way the OP's fault, just vaguely related stories).
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ouch. Hopefully it'll recover fine!
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this is old news and has already been posted before, but it's worth reposting:*.html
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Read the original thread from the A5OG, he goes in for surgery in a week or two, but doctors think he will never get anything close to useful sight back.

Definitely stinks. It's enough to make me consider safety glasses being on full time when masks are off.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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my BIL was at a driving range with me many years back and got a golf ball reflected off the safety screen into his eye. Similar damage but worse - ruptured his eye and drove shards of his shatter-proof (marketed from the manufacturer) eye glasses into it.
Long lawsuit and many surgeries later he has vision in it but will never be 20/20, and he was automatically intelligible for military service which was what he planned on doing.

They can replace the lens, repair a torn retina, damaged cornia, stitch the eye ball itself, but it's never the same. If you have a choice when dealing with major eye injury go to Mass eye and ear in Boston. They are the best in the world. The Schapens institute, based there, pioneered most of the techniques, tools, and implants used for major eye reconstruction.
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