Keep Your Peepers Safe This 4th of July!
Thousands of people, many of them children, suffer eye injuries from fireworks each year in the United States. In the most severe cases, fireworks can rupture the globe of the eye, cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment – all of which can permanently cause eye damage and affect vision.
In the United States, fireworks were related to 10,500 injuries requiring treatment in emergency rooms, according to the most recent fireworks injury report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF). Roughly 1 in 5 of those fireworks injuries harmed the eyes.
How to keep your peepers safe: Fireworks Safety Tips