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October 1986

Eye Injuries During 'War Games'

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(10):1435-1436. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050220029008

To the Editor.  Survival is a war fantasy game in which competing teams shoot pellets containing vegetable dye at each other. Eye protection is provided, and the game is claimed to be safe. We saw a patient who suffered significant ocular trauma playing a war game while not wearing protective eye gear.

Report of a Case.  —A 31-year-old man was shot in the right eye with a paint pellet from 15 ft while playing the war game Survival. Protective eye gear was provided, but it became fogged, and he removed it. Both eyes were normal prior to the accident. His left eye was uninjured. He presented with pain and a visual acuity of hand motion in the right eye. The cornea was denuded of its epithelium, and in some areas paint pigments were visible. He had a 25% hyphema and a poor red reflex. Schiøtz tonometry reading was 8

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