June 2000 - Volume 3 - Issue 4
Prevent Blindness America warns that there
is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks. It is only safe to enjoy the
splendor and excitement of fireworks at a professional display.
If an accident does occur, what can you do
right away to minimize the damage to the eye? These eight actions can help save your
- Do not delay medical attention even for
seemingly mild injuries. "Mildly" damaged areas can worsen and end in a serious
vision loss, even blindness.
- Stay calm, do not panic; keep the child as
calm as possible.
- Do not rub the eye. If any eye tissue is
torn, rubbing might cause more damage.
- Do not attempt to rinse the eye.
- Shield the eye from pressure. Tape or secure
the bottom of a foam cup, milk carton against the bones surrounding they eye: brow,
cheekbone and bridge of the nose.
- Avoid giving ibuprofen, it thins the blood
and might increase bleeding.
- Do not apply ointment or any medication to
they eye. It is probably not sterile. Also, ointments make the eye area slippery. This
could slow the doctor's examination at a time when every second counts.
- Above all, do not let your child play with
fireworks. Even sparklers are dangerous. They burn at up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot
enough to meld gold.
Excerpt reprinted with permission from
Prevent Blindness America Copyright 2000. Visit their website for more information at http://www.preventblindness.org.
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