One of the highlights of the Fourth of July is the firework display. Unfortunately, thousands of incidents related to fireworks happen every year and over 20% of them are eye injuries.
Here are eye safety tips for Fourth of July festivities from your local orthokeratology specialist, Eye and Vision Care.
Leave It to Professionals
Most firework-related injuries happen the around the Fourth of July. Fireworks caused around 13,000 injuries in 2017, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While you may think that fireworks are easy to use, they can actually cause blindness when mishandled. It’s best to leave the job to professionals and just watch.
The most common injuries from fireworks include corneal lacerations and burns and retinal detachments. Regularly visit your local specialist for an eye exam to keep your eyes in good condition.
View fireworks from at least 500 feet away and never touch unexploded fireworks. Don’t let young children play with them, even with sparklers. Older children can use fireworks under close adult supervision but don’t let them run or play while holding one.
Always keep a bucket of water closely in case of emergency and for fireworks that didn’t ignite. Immediately soak fireworks that won’t light up. Make sure that no one is in close proximity when lighting fireworks. Don’t light them in a container, especially on glass or metal.
Unused fireworks should be kept in a cool, dry place. Check directions for special storage. Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
Keep your eyes safe this Fourth of July by following these tips. When it comes to your eye care needs, you can rely on Eye and Vision Care. We offer quality eyeglasses, contacts and treatment for various eye conditions. Call us at (703) 910-5952 or fill in our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in South Riding, VA, and nearby areas.