If this toy is on your child’s Christmas list you better read this warning!
Nerf guns have been a favourite with youngsters for decades, but doctors warn you really need to make sure you wear all the protective gear.
Doctors say the toys, which fire foam darts, are very dangerous and users must wear protective goggles in case they are shot in the eye, reports Daily Mail.
Experts said the darts risked causing internal bleeding around the eye as well as vision issues.
It comes after three patients in three months attended Moorfields Eye Hospital in London after being shot in the eye with a Nerf gun from distances of 3ft to 26ft.
In the journal BMJ Case Reports, the doctors said: ‘This emphasises the seriousness of ocular injury from Nerf gun projectiles and calls into consideration the need for protective eyewear with their use.
‘Nerf gun injuries can cause serious ocular trauma, as bullets travel at high speed.’
Doctors warned cheaper, non-branded bullets could be even more dangerous as they were harder – while YouTube videos showed children how they could modify the toys to make them shoot ‘harder, faster, further’.
Manufacturer Hasbro said products meet or exceed regulations. It said users should never aim at a person’s face, and use only Nerf darts.
A note on the Hasbro website even stipulates, “Never modify any NERF blasters or other NERF products. Use only the darts, water, rounds and discs designed for specific NERF blasters.”
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