Fireworks Eye Safety
Fireworks are fun. So fun, we treat them like toys. Yes, toys that require a match, but toys nevertheless. Every year thousands of people, many of them children, suffer eye injuries in the US. Not to cast a shadow on anyone’s 4th of July, but 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.
Respect safety barriers at fireworks shows and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
For those who decide to purchase consumer fireworks because they live in states where they are legal, we recommend the following safety tips to prevent eye injuries:
In case of a fireworks injury:
Thank you to the American Academy of Ophthalmology for sharing their video.
Wishing you a wonderfully fun and safe Independence Day!