FAIRMONT, Minn. — With the Fourth of July approaching and outdoor activities likely taking up much of your summer fun, it’s time to consider the importance of protecting your eyes. Eye injuries are largely preventable, but you need to be aware of risks and measures you can take to keep your eyes safe. Mayo Clinic Health System ophthalmologist Anna Kitzmann, M.D., shares five tips to help prevent eye injuries.
Leave fireworks to the pros
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen many severe eye injuries from fireworks. And most of these injuries resulted in permanent damage or blindness,” says Dr. Kitzmann. “In fact, a lot of people even lose their eye or eyes from a fireworks accident.”
The best method of eye injury prevention from fireworks is to leave these exploding wonders to the professionals. July 4 weekend offers many chances to see a well-orchestrated fireworks show from a safe distance. Take advantage of these opportunities rather than trying to conduct your own show.
If your family must have fireworks for the holidays, stick to sparklers, wear eye protection and make sure an adult supervises all activity.