Valley ophthalmologists warn of eye injuries on July 4

ByMartha R. Camara

Jun 28, 2022
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – Local health officials are warning of some of the injuries that come with the 4th of July.

According to the recent annual report of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused 10,000 injuries, 15% of which were eye injuries.

Health facilities in the valley are seeing several patients suffer fireworks-related injuries.

Eye Medical Center in Fresno remains busy July 4 and after.

Dr. John Kinney said most eye injuries are caused by some of the more popular types of fireworks.

“Sparklers, with their ashes coming off at 2,000 degrees. They’re often in the hands of little children,” Dr Kinney said. “The other – bottle rockets, and bottle rockets can explode, hit your face and gouge out your eye.”

If you or someone you know gets hurt like this, Dr. Kinney said don’t flush your eye with water. Consult a doctor immediately.

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology says to put a plastic cup on it and go to the ER or get your eye doctor on call 24/7,” he explained.

Eye injuries should be taken seriously, as they can lead to loss of sight or even loss of the eye.

“You have a central scar on your cornea, you’re not going to see much. It’s pretty scary,” Dr Kinney said.

If you plan to celebrate with fireworks, he recommends always supervising children, having a bucket of water nearby, and wearing safety glasses.

For those who don’t want to take the risk, Dr Kinney said community fireworks are a safe option.

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