More eye injuries occur on the Fourth of July than on any other night of the year

Brace yourself. It’s about to get dangerous out there.

A friend of mine, an eye surgeon, once told me that more eye injuries occur on the Fourth of July than any other night of the year. And about 9:00 PM tonight is zero hour.

If fireworks are part of your plan this evening, these tips from Prevent Blindness America might help you avoid a trip to the ER…

  • Firecrackers are the most common cause of fireworks-related eye injuries, followed by sparklers and rockets
  • Children aged 15 years and younger are involved in nearly 40% of all fireworks injuries
  • Sparklers cause half the total injuries in children under the age of five
  • Bystanders suffer more fireworks-related injuries than fireworks-operators do

If you or someone you’re with experiences an eye injury, here are the essential steps recommended by PBA…

If there are specks in the eye

    • Do not rub the eye
    • Use an eye wash or let tears wash out specks or particles
    • Lift the upper eyelid outward and down over the lower lid
    • If the speck doesn’t wash out, keep the eye closed,
    • Apply a bandage, and see a doctor as soon as possible

If the eye or eyelid is cut or punctured

  • Do not wash out the eye with water
  • Do not try to remove an object stuck in the eye
  • Cover the eye with a rigid shield without pressure
  • Go to an ER immediately

That said, I hope your eyes won’t need any special care — tonight or any night.

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