Eye Specialists Note Need for Fireworks Eye Safety for July 4th

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Eye Specialists Note Need for Fireworks Eye Safety for July 4th

Doctor & AssociatesOphthalmologists provided some advice on the need to use proper eye safety and precautions for July 4th fireworks celebrations. The importance of fireworks eye safety cannot be overemphasized considering that eye injuries are the second most frequent injury seen in the emergency room each July 4th weekend.

Common sense and good judgment make it quite possible to reduce the risk of eye injury from fireworks displays. First, regarding children and fireworks of any type-THEY DON’T GO TOGETHER! To help kids avoid suffering severe eye injuries and burns is to not let kids play with any fireworks. It is even better not to purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Protect yourself, your family and your friends by avoiding fireworks personally. Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, but be aware that even professional displays can be dangerous. However, if an eye accident does occur, there are a few things you should 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 person’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 person to the emergency room at once.
·         Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call Doctor & Associates at 203-227-4113 as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

If you or someone you know has questions about fireworks eye safety and eye injuries please
call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

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