Forego Fourth of July Injuries This Year and View Fireworks at Public Displays
Ann Arbor - Each year, fireworks cause over 11,000 injuries, including 1,980 injuries to the eye. The best way to avoid such accidents, say University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center ophthalmologists, is to attend a public fireworks display instead of using fireworks at home this Fourth of July.
According to Theresa M. Nairus, M.D., Kellogg ophthalmologist, the typical accident victim is a teenager, who is usually at home, unsupervised, and with a group of friends. In fact, boys between the ages of 13 and 15 sustain three fourths of all fireworks-related eye injuries. "One of the reasons fireworks injuries continue to occur is that people don