Two boys narrowly avoid being blinded by 'gel blaster' toy guns which scratched ...

Warning over 'gel blaster' toy guns after two boys narrowly avoid being blinded by pellets which scratched their corneas as doctors say children should not be allowed to use them Doctors at a children's hospital in Queensland, Australia, wrote the case report They warned the gel pellet guns are 'inappropriate for use by minors' And said they should be regulated like paintball guns and kept away from kids  Both children now face living with a higher risk of getting glaucoma or cataracts 

By Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 14:43 BST, 10 June 2019 | Updated: 14:44 BST, 10 June 2019


Two children shot in the eye with 'gel blaster' guns were lucky not to have been blinded and under-18s shouldn't be allowed to buy them, doctors warn.

They explained the young boys' injuries in a medical case report warning about the dangers of the blasters – spring-powered guns which fire gel pellets.

Gel blasters, also known as water ball guns or hydro-blaster guns, are in some places considered a toy but can seriously damage eyes, the doctors said.

Both the boys, who were aged 14 and four, temporarily lost vision in their eye and face a higher risk of irreversible damage in the future.

The doctors said sales of the guns, which are available on Amazon in the UK for as little as £15 and $17 in the US, should regulated in the same way as paintball and airsoft guns.

The 14-year-old suffered a scratch to his cornea and blood visible pooling in his eye – it took him three weeks to recover from the injury

The 14-year-old suffered a scratch to his cornea and blood visible pooling in his eye – it took him three weeks to recover from the injury

Doctors from the opthalmology department at Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service reported the unnamed children's injuries.

The 14-year-old was hit in the left eye with a gel ball fired from 10m (32 feet) away and was left in 'severe pain', vomiting and struggling to see.

The pressure inside his eye was about three times as high as in the healthy eye and blood pooled in his iris, leaving a black mark.

His cornea also had a 3mm (0.1 inch) scratch on it and his pupil became fully dilated.

It took three weeks – two of them on bed rest with his head elevated – for the eye to recover, but doctors warned he had started to develop a cataract.

The four-year-old boy was shot in the left eye with a gel ball by his brother 'at close range'.

He also suffered from a tear on his cornea and blood pooling in his eye, and took three weeks to recover.

Gel blaster guns can be made to look like replicas of real guns and are available online for as little as £15. They're often classed as toys which, doctors warn, plays down how dangerous they really are

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