HAPPY JULY 4TH!
2014

Wishing you a safe and happy July 4th!

Eye Safety Tips: How to avoid eye injuries from fireworks 
 
July is filled with fun activities, including fireworks, backyard barbeques or a trip to the lake with families and friends. Fireworks are dangerous and can cause injuries to the eyes that may cause blindness. Injuries range from a corneal abrasion to a retinal detachment to rupture of the eye. Whatever your plans, we just want you to have a safe and fun holiday
 
The optometrists at Suburban Eye Care recommend the following tips to help you avoid eye injuries while having fun with fireworks.
  • The best way to avoid injury from fireworks is to attend a professional fireworks shows, where you can view them from at least 500 feet away.
  • Never let children play with fireworks, even sparklers (they can heat up to 2,000 degrees).
  • Wear eye protection, such as safety goggles, if you are handling the fireworks yourself.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Do not attempt to relight or clean up unexploded fireworks yourself. Alert the local fire department or the police for help.
If you get debris in your eye or injured your eye:
  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Do not rub or rinse your eyes
  • Do not apply pressure
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
Always remember to protect yourself and your eyes from the sun while having fun outdoors.
 
THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY FRIDAY JULY 4TH AND WILL REOPEN ON MONDAY JULY 7TH.



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