Ah... summer has finally arrived. This month our skies are often filled with bright displays of color and light. During the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day celebrations, we tend to forget that we are lighting potentially dangerous explosive devices. In fact, thousands of people are sent to the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by fireworks.
Between June 18th and July 18th, there are an estimated 6,300 firework-related injuries and yearly over 20 percent of these are eye injuries. From contusions to corneal lacerations, from children to adults, everyone is at risk of a firework-related eye injury if proper firework safety precautions are not taken. During this year's summertime celebrations, Friends for Sight wants you to protect and preserve your vision by following some important safety tips provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.