Families are being warned about the dangers of Nerf guns as doctors have said using them can lead to serious eye injuries.
Medical experts said the “bullets” from the guns and blasters could lead to internal bleeding around the eye and blurred vision.
Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), medics from Moorfields Eye Hospital said three patients suffered injury and internal bleeding from separate incidents involving the toy guns.
They suggested children – as well as adults playing with the toys – should wear protective eye goggles.
“It is important to note that the risk of having an eye injury with the Nerf darts comes from the fact that a projectile can harm when it travels fast enough,” the authors stated.
The report, issued via the Press Association, cited one 32-year-old man who was shot in the eye from eight metres away by a child with a Nerf gun. He suffered blurred vision and a red eye.
A 43-year-old woman was shot in her right eye from one metre away and complained of blurred vision and a sore eye.
And an 11-year-old child suffered a shot in his right eye from a distance of two metres. He developed swelling of the outer and inner layers of the eye from the force and speed of the bullet fired by the gun.
All the patients were examined and given eye drops, the researchers said. After follow ups, the patients sight returned fully.
However the authors believe in some cases, Nerf gun injuries could cause long-term vision loss.
They also pointed out that examination of non-branded, cheaper bullets that fit Nerf guns are on sale, showed them to be harder than the ones made by Nerf gun manufacturers Hasbro.
“One of the patients in our case series reported that their eye was shot by a Nerf gun bullet that was purchased online,” they said.
“It was apparent on digital examination by the two authors of this case series that there is an obvious difference in the firmness of the Nerf gun bullet head.
“The unlabelled brand by which the patient was…