Firework Eye Injuries

CLEVELAND CLINIC, OH-- Fireworks are fun, but also very dangerous. One part of the body that is especially vulnerable to firework related injuries is the eye. Doctors said eye injuries caused by fireworks should not be taken lightly.

Dr. Richard Gans said, "I would say any injury related to fireworks ought to be investigated because sometimes even the most subtle symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury."

Fireworks can injure your eyes in a couple of ways. Sparks can cause damage in or around your eyes, or an explosion could propel something into your eyes. If you suffer a firework related injury that causes pain, blurred or double-vision, or changes your eyesight in any way, see a doctor right away.

If you decide to attend a fireworks display, or set off your own fireworks, you can decrease your risk of an eye injury by wearing protection. Dr. Gans warned, "you should really wear safety goggles that not only protect you from the brightness but anything that could be propelled towards your eye."

Remember to always stay as far back from the fireworks display as possible.

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