Experts said the darts risked causing internal bleeding around the eye as well as vision issues
21 September, 2017, 01:03
Now, doctors in London are warning that Nerf guns are actually kinda risky (again), but only if your kid has good aim.
After about 20 minutes the vision returned but remained blurry with occasional "flashes of light".
According to Natalie, her son had to go for a consultation at the eye hospital, to drip into the eyes antibiotics and smear it with a special ointment.
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.
For years Nerf guns have been a favourite with boisterous youngsters. The victim has red eyes, and vision was clouded.
"It is important to note that the risk of having an eye injury with the Nerf darts comes from the fact that a projectile can harm when it travels fast enough", the authors stated. This may damage vision leading to blurring of vision.
An 11-year-old boy also complained of blurred vision after he was struck in the face. All three of the patients were given eyes drops and they recovered their vision completely. All suffered internal bleeding.
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According to doctors, "all these cases show how serious could be the injuries from pellets fired from shotguns, and are reminded of the need to use protective glasses when handling them". At present the toy guns are meant for kids aged eight and older.
No safe distance for avoidance of significant eye trauma can be established from the cases seen, researchers said.
The doctors have also called for a review on the minimum age requirement for using Nerf guns, which, upon completion, should help parents decide whether their child should be allowed to play with Nerf guns.
While it may be obvious to say that a toy gun can cause damage when it is pointed to someone's eyes, the problem is amplified by the presence of third-party companies that manufacture replacement bullets for Nerf guns.
Manufacturer Hasbro said products meet or exceed regulations.
"Consumers must never aim Nerf blasters at a person's eyes or face, should only use the foam darts and foam rounds designed for specific Nerf blasters, and never modify darts or blasters", a Hasbro spokeswoman said, according to Fox News.
Hasbro also advises that only official Nerf darts should be used with the toys.
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