The Eye Clinic of Texas eye doctors counseled being cautious and careful when it comes to fireworks eye safety around the July 4th holiday. “Eye safety and eye injury prevention does need to be considered as we all enjoy the magnificent fireworks displays in and around greater Houston while celebrating the July 4th festivities,” commented Dr. Da-Thuy Van an eye doctor and eye surgeon at The Eye Clinic of Texas. It’s best to leave the use of fireworks to professionals who are well versed in eye safety and avoiding eye injury. This is more significant than one might think as eye injuries are the second most frequent injury we see from emergency room each July 4th weekend,” said Dr. Van. “In particular, keep kids away from fireworks-they are not toys or playthings.”
If an eye accident does occur, there are a few things you should know:
- 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.
Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call 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 feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.
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