-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you and your
family like fireworks, the best way to enjoy them is by watching
displays staged by professionals, according to eye doctors.
In 2012, about 8,700 Americans were injured by fireworks, and
more than 1,000 of those cases involved eye injuries, according to
the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the
fireworks-related injuries occurred in the 30-day period before and
after the Fourth of July.
While you may be tempted to put on your own show, it's "better
to just leave the fireworks alone and go to a show ... and let the
professionals do it. That's the safest thing," Dr. Jay McCollum, an
ophthalmologist and director of emergency services at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham Callahan Eye Hospital, said in
a university news release.
Dr. Priscilla Fowler, an assistant professor in the university's
ophthalmology department and director of the cornea service,
agrees. "Being a cornea specialist, I've seen too many injuries
related to fireworks," she said in the news release. "And many of
these occur in children and innocent bystanders and result in
permanent vision loss."
If you decide to have fireworks at home anyway, the doctors
offered a number of tips to reduce the risk of injury, burns and
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about
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