How should an eye injury from paintball be treated?

It is important to call for medical help immediately and have an ophthalmologist or other medical doctor examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first. In the meantime, while waiting for medical help, if your eye has been cut or punctured, gently place a shield over the eye. The bottom of a paper cup taped to the bones surrounding the eye can serve as a shield until you get medical attention.

-- Do not rinse the eye with water.
-- Do not try and remove object if there is one stuck in the eye.
-- Do not rub or apply pressure to the eye.
-- Avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs thin the blood and may increase bleeding.
-- After you have finished protecting the eye, see a physician immediately.

Even a light blow to the eye can cause significant eye injury, which is why it is important for all players to wear proper eye protection. The appropriate protective eye wear for paintball users is ASTM F1776 (established and certified by the sport's governing body and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Ninety percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear.

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