Air rifle injuries increase among kids nearly 170%

CNN VAN Eye injuries among kids have declined overall, but one hazard is seeing an increase.

According to a new study in the Journal Pediatrics, the rate of US kids injuring their eyes with air guns rose nearly 170% between 1990 and 2012.

Air guns include BB, pellet and paintball guns and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids use paintball-style protective eyewear glasses meeting certain safety standards, and parental supervision.

The national rifle association published guidelines noting "air guns must be treated with the same respect and safety considerations given all guns".