Happy Independence Day, America!
While the 4th of July is certainly one of America’s most celebrated holidays, there are a startling number of firework-related accidents that occur each year:
7600 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments across the country between June 18th and July 18th 2016.(CPSC, 2016)
Over 9% of these injuries were to the eyes, including scratched corneas, embers and debris in the eye, lacerations, and burns.”(CPSC, 2016)
While some recover quickly, others suffer permanent damage.
Amy White shares her experience of losing her left eye after being hit by a firework.
5 Ways To Prevent Eye Injuries
Enjoy the festivities of this holiday, but do it safely! Here are a few firework safety tips to keep in mind.
- Opt to attend a professional firework show.
- Do not let children play with fireworks, and do not leave them unattended.
- Wear protective glasses if lighting fireworks or even if a bystander.
- Stay a safe distance away.
- Do not try to relight a firework that did not go off.
What Do I Do If A Fireworks-Related Eye Injury Occurs?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not rinse your eyes
- Do not apply pressure
- Do not remove any items stuck in eye
- Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen
We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday this year!
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Fireworks Eye Safety. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 2016 Fireworks Annual Report. www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/Fireworks_Report_2016.pdf?t.9YHKjE9bFiabmirA.4NJJST.5SUWIQJ
KXAN. Nurse shares how she lost sight in one eye from July 4th fireworks. http://kxan.com/2017/07/03/nurse-shares-how-she-lost-sight-in-one-eye-from-a-july-4th-firework/