Don’t Lose Sight This 4th
Suburban Eye Care Livonia, MI
This July 4th declare some safety precautions before attending firework shows! Read below for tips to save your vision should something go terribly wrong.
These Six Steps Can Help Save Your Child’s Sight
If an accident does occur, minimize the damage to the eye. In the event of an eye emergency:
Do not rub the eye. Rubbing the eye may increase bleeding or make the injury worse.
Do not apply pressure to the eye itself. Holding or taping a foam cup or the bottom of a juice carton to the eye. Protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the child’s hand, is the goal.
Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Take the child to the emergency room at once.
Do not apply ointment. Ointment, which may not be sterile, makes the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.
Do not let your child play with fireworks, even if his/her friends are setting them off. Sparklers burn at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, and bottle rockets can stray off course or throw shrapnel when they explode.
Most fireworks injuries occur during the one-month period surrounding the 4th of July.
- Fireworks devices were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available).
- An estimated 7,000 injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms during the one-month period (June 20-July 20) surrounding the Fourth of July.
- 19 percent, or 1,200, of those injuries were to the eyes. Sparklers accounted for 1,400 injuries, firecrackers (1,400) and bottle rockets (100).
- Males accounted for 74% of fireworks injuries.
- 40% of fireworks injuries were to children under age 15.
- For children under 5 years old, sparklers accounted for the most estimated injuries for that specific age group.
- Data from the U.S. Eye Injury Registry shows that bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than operators themselves.
- Contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies were the most common injuries to eyes.