With the coming of 4th of July each year, ophthalmologists tend to see an influx in patients who have suffered from an injury while using fireworks. Injuries from fireworks are a serious concern as it can permanently impact your vision. Sacramento eye doctor Stephen Wilmarth, MD and his staff would like to remind everyone to practice firework safety and have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission report that was released showed that in 2018 there were over 11,000 injury occurrences pertaining to fireworks. Of these injuries, 1 out of every 6 caused damage to the eyes with the most severe injuries being corneal abrasions, ruptured eyeballs, and chemical and thermal burns to the eyes.
The dangers of fireworks are known to the public, yet despite the facts many people choose to ignore the warnings. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show that is put on by professionals, and keep a safe distance as to not damage your eyes.
If you insist on setting off fireworks on your own always remember to:
- Use protective eyewear that fits the criteria of the American National Standards Institute, and make sure all bystanders do the same.
- Don't return to a firework that hasn't gone off once it's been lit, contact the local fire department or police department to help as it may unexpectedly go off.
- Never point fireworks at another person or flammable object
- Never attempt to light profession-grade fireworks
By following safety precautions, you greatly reduce the risk of injury to you and your loved ones.
If you've experienced an eye injury that does not require immediate medical attention, contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at (916) 850-3060 to see our experienced Sacramento eye doctor today. Dr. Wilmarth serves patients from the Greater Sacramento area, Folsom, Rocklin and Auburn.