AC Lens President Dr. Peter Clarkson commented on firework safety in relation to eye injuries that are a common occurrence around the 4th of July holiday in the United States.
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“While all injuries related to fireworks should be taken seriously, it’s much easier to recover from a burn on your hand than it is to recover from a burn on your eye” says Dr. Peter Clarkson, president of optical retailer AC Lens. “Permanent blindness and impaired vision often occur from eye contact with firecracker shrapnel, hot material from sparklers and bottle rockets, or even fallout from larger professional firework displays. While most don’t take fireworks such as sparklers seriously, they can cause serious eye damage if hot material reaches the eye. Sparklers burn at over 1800 degrees fahrenheit, so it’s important not to hold them close to yours or others’ faces.”
According to Dr. Clarkson, “the best way to avoid eye damage from fireworks is to avoid using retail fireworks altogether. But if one does choose to use retail fireworks, wearing safety glasses, or even impact resistant eyewear can provide some extra protection in case something goes wrong. The most important practices involve using fireworks as instructed, keeping a safe distance, and preventing children from using fireworks.”
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