Prevent eye injuries from fireworks

June 29th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. Sparklers, firecrackers and rockets are great fun, but they require special attention and care when considering your safety and the people surrounding you. There are precautions you can take to prevent fireworks-related injuries. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers the following safety tips for preventing eye injuries from fireworks:

  • Never let children play with fireworks.
  • View fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
  • Only trained professionals should light fireworks.
  • Don’t touch any unexploded fireworks remains. Instead, notify the fire or police department.

If an eye injury from fireworks occurs, remember:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Do not rinse your eyes.
  • Do not apply pressure.
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Don’t let an accident spoil your celebration. Be safe and follow basic firework safety. Better yet, enjoy Independence Day by attending a city-sponsored safe fireworks display.

For more information call Carolina Eye toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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