Study finds eye injuries from air rifles have increased

(CNN) -- Fans of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" know the warning well.

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"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, the problem is skyrocketing

The rate of U.S. kids injuring their eyes with air guns rose nearly 170% between 1990 and 2012. Air guns include BB, pellet and paintball guns.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids use paintball-style protective eyewear glasses meeting certain safety standards.

Parental supervision is also key. Experts say 89%of the injuries happened without an adult present.

The National Rifle Association published guidelines noting "Air guns must be treated with the same respect and safety considerations given all guns."