Written By: Dan GudgelReviewed By: Thomas L Steinemann MDJul. 02, 2019

Eye injuries from fireworks can be especially severe because of the combination of force, heat and chemicals. Following a few simple safety tips can help make for a safe, fun celebration.

Learn about common types of fireworks eye injuries, the most dangerous fireworks, who gets injuries and where.

Typical eye injuries from fireworks include detached retina, ruptured eyeball, corneal scratches and burns.

From cuts and bruises to damaged corneas, retinas and ruptured eyeballs, ophthalmologists treat thousands of people every year who suffer fireworks-related injuries.

Most fireworks injuries are caused by legal fireworks. The kinds most often linked to injuries are: firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets.

Just because a firework is legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Sparklers seem like harmless fun for the kids, but they are responsible for about 1,400 eye injuries each year.

Sixty-five percent of all fireworks injuries are to bystanders. Fourteen percent of all fireworks injuries are eye injuries.

Keep a safe distance from fireworks. A recent study showed that 65 percent of victims were bystanders.

Three fireworks safety tips: leave it to the professionals; be careful with sparklers that can burn at 2000 degrees; and keep a safe distance from any fireworks, no matter who is setting them off.

An average of 280 people a day will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during the two weeks before and after the July 4th holiday. Don’t be a part of these alarming statistics. Protect yourself and your children.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology