As the country gets set to celebrate Independence Day, the warning goes out to children and adults that fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that can lead to permanent vision loss. Perhaps the details of a case involving eight boys and two girls, ages 18 years and younger, will help drive the message home. Eight sustained injuries while launching bottle rockets, and two were bystanders. Among the injuries they suffered were defects in the epithelium lining the cornea (seven eyes) bleeding in the front of the eye (six eyes), traumatic inflammation of the iris (two eyes), a tear of the iris (four eyes), cataract (four eyes), retinal tear (one eye), and bleeding into the eye’s vitreous fluid (two eyes).
While you’re enjoying the outdoors and the company of family and friends this Fourth of July, take pre-emptive action to protect your eyes and those of your children if you plan to be near fireworks. June and July are Fireworks Safety Months. We are also here to address eye injuries and infections.
Eight of the injured eyes mentioned above required removal of the lens or corneal tissue; three patients required additional treatment that included muscle surgery and placement of a new lens.