Firework Eye Injuries More Common Than You May Think

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

Celebrating the 4th of July without fireworks is like Christmas with no presents, but there is some important information so that you don't end up in the emergency room.

One of every four eye injuries is caused by fireworks Dr. Robert Rigg with Fairmount Eye Care has seen one too many, he's seen everything from mild eye injuries to people completely losing their vision. He says, "people put it in a bottle, blow it up, it cuts your eye and your life has changed."

Dr. Rigg says eye injuries from fireworks have leveled off the past few years but he used to treat four to five people every Independence day. St. Mary's hospital seconds that fact; according to trauma record says they've had no ER visits on the 4th for firework related injury the past two years, showing that people are taking those warning labels seriously.

Kevin Young with Phantom Fireworks says, "just use common sense when you light a firework don't put your head over it, or hold sparklers close to your eye." The tip of a sparkler can reach temperatures up to 2000 degrees,but one of those sparks could end up in the wrong place.

If you get burned do not rinse your eye out or rub it, experts say you can put a foam cup over it and head straight to the ER or doctor.
According to the Untied States Eye Injury Registry, roughly 12-thousand American’s wind up in the ER each year for firework related injuries and about 2,000 of those are eye injuries, half of those injured are bystanders.


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