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What to Do When Paint Gets into Your Eyes

By June 14, 2012No Comments

Though paintball may seem like a dangerous game, it is statistically the safest extreme sport there is. But of course, like in any kind of sport, players do get hurt especially when they are not careful. So, Anna @BedlamPaintball will give you a series of articles that discuss what you’ll need to do in case you get  hurt. As for this article, you’ll learn what to do when paint gets into you eyes

what to do when paint gets into your eyesYour required equipment includes a mask with built-in goggles. You need a mask for playing on any field or arena where you pay to play. This mask will include coverage of your full head and your eyes (goggles). You can’t wear shop glasses, or other types of safety glasses, as the force of the paintball may crack the lens and send glass or plastic fragments into your eye.

When do you have to wear your mask? You need a mask as soon you enter the playing field, when you’re waiting for another game to be finished and when you’re in the staging area. Masks must be worn throughout the entire game, no matter what. You can’t lift or take off your mask, or the referee will take you out of the game.

If you’re having problems with your goggles fogging or something obstructing your vision, call for a referee. Do not remove your mask even if there’s a bug flying around in it! The one way you can get seriously injured in paintball is if you get shot in the eye. A bug bite will be nothing in comparison!

IMPORTANT: If you or another player gets shot in the eye, immediately call for emergency medical attention. Do not try to treat the injury yourself!

“To minimize damage immediately following the injury, follow these sight-saving tips:

  • Do not rub the eye. If any tissue is torn, rubbing may cause more damage.
  • Cover the eye. To do this, secure a shield against the bones surrounding the eye.
  • Do not apply ointment or medication to the eye. These medications may not be sterile.
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can thin the blood and may increase bleeding.”

Washable field paint is essentially non-irritating to eyes. However, if you do get a little paint splashed into your eye, flush your eye thoroughly with water for fifteen minutes. To be safe, you should also call for medical attention or travel to the nearest medical center, clinic or hospital emergency room.

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