Make fireworks eye safety a priority this July 4th in order to have an enjoyable celebration with family and friends and avoid eye injury!
Since fireworks eye injuries are the second most common call we get from the emergency room each July 4th, having some common sense safety tips and taking straight forward precautions can help you avoid the ER visit.
Fireworks Eye Safety Tips
- Never let kids play with fireworks of any type.
- Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type-leave it to professionals.
- Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators
- Should a fireworks accident occur:
- Do not rub the eye.
- Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
- Do not apply pressure to the eye itself-but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the person’s hand.
- Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the person to the emergency room at once.
- Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.
If you are seen in the emergency room please instruct them to call us at The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.
If you or someone you know has questions about fireworks eye safety and eye injuries please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas, Google+ or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas.