Risk of eye injuries from foam bullets

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(NBC News Channel) - Toy guns that shoot foam bullets can cause serious eye injuries.

W.A.T.C.H. OUT. In today’s world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce potentially dangerous and unnecessary thrills. Existing regulations addressing the hazards associated with such “toys” are inadequate. Detailed replicas have resulted in a number of deaths through the years and should never be sold as toys.

Doctors at one hospital in the U.K. recently treated three patients for serious eye injuries from guns that shoot foam bullets.

All three were in pain, had blurred vision and internal bleeding in the eye, but they did recover completely.

Experts say children should protect their eyes when playing with these guns.