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March 1987

Eye Injury During 'War Games' Despite the Use of Goggles

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Raleigh, NC

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(3):321-322. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060030035013

To the Editor.  —It was with great interest that we read the case report by Drs Ryan and Lissner1 regarding eye injuries during "war games." Of particular interest was the fact that there have been no reported injuries to the eyes when the participant has been wearing protective eye gear. We recently treated a patient in whom significant ocular injury occurred when protective eye gear was worn.

Report of a Case.  —A 24-year-old man presented for treatment of a paint pellet injury to the right eye that occurred while playing the war game Survival. He stated that he was wearing the safety goggles that were provided for his use and that he was standing on a hill when his assailant fired upward from a range of approximately 10 to 15 yd. The paint pellet struck the inferior portion of the goggles, driving the right goggle over the orbital rim

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