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Fireworks and Eye Safety

As we approach the Independence Day holiday and its celebrations, it’s important to keep eye safety in mind, particularly when it comes to fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 14 percent of injuries from fireworks were to the eyes. And the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that fireworks can cause injuries, such as chemical burns, corneal abrasions, and retinal detachment, that can result in permanent eye damage and vision loss. To underscore the importance of eye safety, Prevent Blindness has declared June 28 to July 4, 2023 as the Third Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week. To enjoy a safe Independence Day, leave “’the fireworks to licensed professionals,’” stated Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “’And remember to be vigilant about your surroundings, as bystanders can also be injured by errant fireworks and shrapnel.’” The organization provides free fact sheets, social media graphics, suggestions for fireworks alternatives, and other resources to help children and adults celebrate the holiday safely. For more information, read the press release entitled Prevent Blindness Declares June 28-July 4, 2023, as Third Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, Seeking to Educate the Public on the Dangers of Fireworks.