With July 4 approaching, many hospitals and eye trauma centers will likely see an influx of eye injuries related to fireworks mishaps.
UAB Ophthalmologist Tyler Hall is available to discusswhy parents and children should exercise caution when handling fireworks, the most common injuries, protection tips and more..
The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that in 2018, more than 250 million pounds of fireworks were purchased with close to 9,100 injuries reported.
- If an eye injury from fireworks occurs, remember:
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Do not rub your eyes.
- Do not rinse your eyes.
- Do not apply pressure.
- Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
- Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.