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4th of July Fireworks Safety Tips

With the 4th of July comes spectacular fireworks shows for all to enjoy. Fireworks create beautiful colored light bursts in the sky and on the ground, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Many people don’t realize that fireworks are considered explosive devices which need to be handled with extreme care. With thousands of people suffering eye injuries from fireworks every year in the United States, we thought we'd provide you and your loved ones with some safety tips to help prevent injuries to your sight.

Dr. Vicki Lin and the staff here at iSight Vision Care want you to have a happy and safe 4th of July experience. For this reason, we want to advise you and your loved ones to avoid potentially blinding fireworks that could cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Attending a professional fireworks show?

  1. Please respect safety barriers at firework viewings and shows.
  2. Do not touch unexploded fireworks.
  3. View fireworks from a distance of at least 500 feet.

Fireworks at home

  1. Make sure it is legal in your area to use fireworks.
  2. Never let young children play with fireworks of any kind.
  3. If handling fireworks, please wear proper eyewear.
  4. Bystanders should also use safety eye wear protection.

If an injury should occur!

  1. Seek medical attention immediately.
  2. Do not rub your eyes for any reason.
  3. Do not rinse eyes.
  4. Do not apply pressure to eyes.
  5. Do not remove any foreign object that may be stuck in the eye(s).
  6. Do not apply any ointment or take any pain medication.
  7. Visit your nearest ophthalmologist.

We hope you have fun watching the fireworks on 4th of July this year. Schedule your next eye exam with Dr. Vicki Lin at iSight Vision Care to ensure that you will be able to see and enjoy fireworks for many years to come.

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