The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is the premier ophthalmology center in America, and recently made this stunning discover: taking a paintball straight the eye -- apparently not so good.
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In the February issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology Dr. Kyle Alliman reviews all 36 cases of paintball eye injuries the Institute has dealt with from 1988-2006 and found that paintball related injuries can often cause permanent damage to the eye. In fact, in 22% of the cases removal of the eyeball was required. 81% of cases required some sort of surgery.
The best, and most rediuclously obvious, way to avoid injury is to wear goggles. It prevents 97% of injuries. [via CBC]