Fireworks Safety and Eyes

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

While Fourth of July is known as a time to celebrate the independence of the United States, it is also a time where fireworks safety is important. Did you know that of the 9,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, 21 percent of those injuries affect the eyes? More than half of the victims of fireworks injuries are young children or teenagers. In fact, 2 out of 5 people injured by fireworks in 2010 were under the age of 15.

All fireworks have the potential to be dangerous; especially to your eyes. They can cause third degree burns, eye lid lacerations, corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, eye muscle damage, and even complete blindness. While the idea of these potential eye injuries are alarming, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of fireworks during Fourth of July.

Here are some fireworks safety tips that will help you protect your eyes:

Talk to children about the dangers of fireworks.

Never let children handle any type of fireworks; even if it seems harmless. A common firework that causes eye injuries is a sparkler because it is held at such a close distance to the face.

Don’t use fireworks at home. Leave the fireworks to professional pyrotechnicians.

Always view fireworks from a safe distance.

Be mindful of barriers set up in viewing areas for fireworks

If you find unlit fireworks, don’t try to handle them yourself. Contact your local fire department in order to remove or dispose of them.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July from all of us here at CooperVision!

How to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Now that summer is here, you may be wondering how to protect your eyes. From being out in the sun, to swimming in pools or the ocean, there are plenty of instances where you need to take extra care of your eyes. Here are some easy tips that you can use to protect your eyes while enjoying all that summer has to offer:

  • Protect your eyes from the sun: Eye damage from the sun can affect surface tissues and internal structures such as the cornea and the lens. Make sure that you wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Make sure to wear eye protection when doing home improvements: It is important to protect your eyes while doing things such as mowing the lawn, sanding down planks, or any other home improvement projects. Eye injuries that require surgery can happen even from something as routine as yard work.
  • Wear protection when playing sports: Eye care professionals recommend wearing protective eye wear such as safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards while playing sports . Using protective eye wear can prevent serious eye injuries from sports equipment. Here is a helpful list of sports according to eye injury risk . You can talk to an eyecare professional about the right type of protective eyewear and to ensure proper fit.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses when swimming or showering: Wearing contact lenses when swimming may cause an Acanthamoeba keratitis infection. Acanthamoebakeratitis has also been isolated from virtually all water sources—from pools to hot tubs to showers.

Summer is a fun time of the year so make sure to enjoy it! Just remember to be good to your eyes too while enjoying the season.

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