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Paintball is an increasingly popular with teens and young adults.  The game involves shooting paintball capsules at other players, often in organized team events. Paintball tournaments usually take place in supervised settings, where players are required to wear eye protection. But pediatricians and eye doctors are concerned with an increase in eye injuries among paintball players who take part in unsupervised games, especially in backyards or forest preserves. These eye injuries have often resulted in severe, permanent vision loss. If parents choose to let their children play paintball, here are some essential tips to reduce the risk of injuries. Make sure players always wear eye protection devices that are specifically designed for paintball and meet federal safety standards. And insist that they play at an insured commercial paintball field that has rules for player safety and follows guidelines for safe operation. 


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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