Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas remarked on the need for awareness regarding fireworks eye safety and eye injury prevention in light of the upcoming July 4th celebrations gatherings and celebrations in Houston. “We all want to have fun and enjoy the July 4th fireworks-but please consider that fireworks eye afety and preventing accidents and eye injury from firework does require the knowledge and experience of trained rofessionals. There is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks-leave fireworks displays to be handled by the professionals,” cautioned Dr. Fradkin.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in approximately 10,000 injuries per year that are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of those, 2/3 occurred during the one month period surrounding the July 4th holiday. It is important to note that:
- Eyes were the Second Most Commonly Injured Part of the Body!
- Males Were Injured 3x More than Females.
- Approximately 25% of Injuries are to Children under 15.
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But there are precautions parents can take to prevent these injuries. The best defense against kids suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any fireworks. Do not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous.
If an eye accident does occur, what should you 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 child’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 child to the emergency room at once.
- Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around e 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 would like to learn more about eye safety, fireworks injury and prevention you can reach us at The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
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