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Protect your eyes this July 4th!

It's the height of summer, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. It's difficult not to appreciate a holiday that includes parades, barbecuing on the patio, and spending time outside. The best part of the day, in most people's opinion, does not begin until the sun sets. There is nothing more pleasurable than seeing fireworks in the evening.

There’s a reason that the American Academy of Ophthalmology designates every June as Eye-Safety month. While the large firework displays typically viewed from city parks or sports stadiums require special permits to ensure public safety, at-home fireworks can pose significant hazards. Fireworks are involved in more than 9,000 injuries a year, many of them sustained by children. If at-home fireworks are part of your Independence Day celebration, please take special care to protect yourself, your friends, and your family!

The majority of incidents have one thing in common: adequate safety precautions were not taken. The following recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology would prevent most Fourth of July incidents, although they are frequently disregarded:

It's just as vital to know what to do if you or a loved one experiences an eye injury from fireworks as it is to know how to prevent harm from explosives. Keep these principles in mind when you go to seek medical assistance.

  1. Do not attempt to rinse out the eye.
  2. Do not apply pressure to the eye itself.
  3. Do not stop for medicine.
  4. Do not apply ointment.
David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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