Summer is just around the corner, and that means school will be out, families will be heading out to camp, and everyone will be gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists has declared June to be Fireworks Eye Safety Month, so here are a few facts to keep in mind this summer to keep your vision as healthy as possible.
How Can Fireworks Damage My Eyes?
Every year, over 10,000 Americans are forced to visit the emergency room due to summer celebrations gone wrong, with 18% of those involving damage to the eyes.
Firework misfires can cause damage in different ways, including shrapnel and debris cutting or embedding in the eye, explosive force detaching the retina, or burn damage to the eye surface.
While fireworks can pose a serious danger to your vision health, smaller fireworks like sparklers can also put your eyes at risk. They are designed to be held by party-goers, but they can burn as hot as 1800 degrees and expel their sparks in all directions.
How Can I Protect My Eyes from Fireworks?
Experts suggest that party-goers should stay at least 25 meters away from a readied firework. This also extends to sparklers, which adults should keep at an arm’s length away from their face and never give to children.
People going to celebrations with fireworks are recommended to bring safety glasses with them. Regular glasses and sunglasses do not protect your eyes against heat, but safety glasses are designed to keep your eyes safe and sound in these situations.
If any of your fireworks do not launch after being lit and you believe it is a dud, stay far away from it, as duds have been known to explode upon being picked up.
With the 4th of July just around the corner and the weather being perfect for cookouts and barbeques, Texarkana Eye Associates wants to make sure everyone can have an enjoyable and safe summer. Give our vision experts a call today at 903-838-0783 or visit us online and see how we can make your vision crystal clear for all of the excitement this season.