Fireworks have always been a part of Independence Day festivities. While it’s a great way to bond with your loved ones, it may put you at risk of sustaining fireworks-related eye injuries. As June marks Fireworks Eye Safety Month, your eye doctor from AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care shares four things you can do to protect your eyes this 4th of July.
1. Watch Fireworks Shows Instead
It may be best to attend a public fireworks display rather than buying your own fireworks. Authorized fireworks shows are handled by pyrotechnicians who are certified to light and clean up different types of firecrackers and fireworks. This way, you can have a more enjoyable time watching the beautiful explosions knowing that experts are handling them.
2. Shield Your Eyes
Use proper safety eyewear whenever you’re watching fireworks shows. Your eye care center recommends those made of polycarbonate. This material is known for its pressure-bearing properties, making it less likely to shatter even when subjected to high impact.
3. Distance Yourself from the Fireworks Grounds
As recommended by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, you should maintain at least 500 feet from the area where the fireworks or firecrackers are being set off. Doing so significantly reduces your risk of sustaining fireworks-induced eye injuries.
4. Don’t Underestimate Sparklers and “Duds”
Many people believe that sparklers are a safe kind of firecracker. However, their temperatures can reach 2,000 degrees, putting you at risk of burns. You should also avoid picking up “duds” and relighting them. Keep in mind they may still go off after some time. Splash them with water before coming near and cleaning them up. Wash your hands afterward to remove all traces of gunpowder that may irritate your eyes.
In cases of fireworks-related eye accidents, visit your eye care specialist immediately. We’ll perform the necessary eye exams to check the injuries and assess their extent. This way, we can provide appropriate treatment.
For more tips on preventing fireworks-related eye injuries, call us at (757) 772-0086. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Virginia Beach and nearby VA areas.