How to protect your eyes this Fourth of July

Fireworks, sunshine, sandy beaches, parades: the Fourth of July is the epitome of summer fun! No matter how you choose to celebrate, it is important to make sure you are doing so safely. Believe it or not, the Fourth of July is the time of year when hospitals see the most patients for eye injuries. Keeping your eye safety in check can be simple and easy to do while enjoying summer activities, here are some tips on hope to protect your eyes during this holiday weekend: 

Fireworks

            Although they’re fun to watch, fireworks are one of the most common reasons for eye injury during the time surrounding the Fourth of July. There was an estimated 9,100 emergency room visits for fireworks-related injuries in 2018, 5,600 of those (62%) occurred from June 22nd to July 22nd. If fireworks are not set off safely, there is a risk for rupturing the globe of the eye, corneal abrasions, chemical and thermal burns, and retinal detachment – all of which are capable of causing permanent eye damage or vision loss. How can we help reduce these risks? Check out these tips:

●      Keep children away from where the fireworks are set off do not allow running or horseplay. Children under 15  years old are at the highest risk (36% of all cases) for being injured from fireworks

●      Set off fireworks in a clean, clear area away from any flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water next to the launching site in case of emergency.

●      Wear safety goggles if you are the one setting off fireworks to avoid debris damaging your eyes.

●      If you do end up getting an eye injury from fireworks…do not attempt to rub, rinse, apply pressure, or apply ointment to the eye. Go to the emergency room as fast as possible after the accident.

UV Rays

            There are two types of UV rays: UV-A and UV-B. These types of sun rays can damage your eyes in different ways, and it is very important to protect your vision from the issues these rays are capable of causing. UV-A rays can hurt your central vision while UV-B rays, the more damaging of the two, affect the cornea and the lens of your eye. Exposure to these types of sun rays can cause very serious, long-term eye issues. Protecting your eyes from these damaging rays can be as easy as a day at the beach, here are some tips:

●      Wear sunglasses that are clearly labeled to have UV protection. Wearing sunglasses will also decrease the possibility of debris getting into your eyes.

●      Contact lenses that have UV protection in them. However, the lenses only protect the part of your eye that they cover so make sure to still wear sunglasses when you are out in the sun.

●      Wear a brimmed hat or cap to limit UV ray exposure on your eyes and face

Parades

            Fourth of July parades are full of fun, floats, and American traditions such as sparklers and “TNT poppers”. The lively aspects of a parade come along with several risks to your eye health. In fact, sparklers are a major danger and burn at a temperature of 1,800 degrees fahrenheit, sending 500 people to the hospital in 2018. Here’s how you can enjoy the parade while keeping your eyes safe:

●      Supervise children when they are using sparklers and make sure that they are old enough to understand the risks and the safe way to hold them away from their face.

●      Supervise children using TNT poppers, making sure that they are using them properly and do not throw them at each other.

●      Use caution around parade floats if they are throwing candy or other party favors to parade go-ers, make sure it does not hit you in the eye.

Swimming

            Soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach during the Fourth of July is a great way to relax and celebrate the holiday. If you are planning on swimming, there are a couple risks you need to take into account to protect your eye health. Pools and oceans can contain several chemicals and types of bacteria that can be harmful to your eyes if they are not properly protected. These pollutants can destroy the tear filmof your eyes, which is what keeps them moist, smooth, and clear. Here are some tips that you do not have to experience dry, itchy eyes on the holiday:

●      Wearing goggles is the best way to block any pollutants, debris, or bacteria from entering your eyes.

●      Take care of your eyes after you’re done swimming by washing them with clean, filtered water and applying eye drops if they feel dry

●      Take out your contact lenses before swimming. If you do not, it puts you at a high risk for a corneal infection

●      Stay hydrated to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.

            Protecting your eyes doesn’t have to be difficult. Sven Can See products will help assist you in keeping your eyewear up to your standards. Our lens cleaner and anti-fog gel are biodegradable, alcohol and ammonia-free, and are the perfect way to keep your sunglasses clean and your swim goggles fog-free. Celebrate the Fourth while keeping your eyes safe! For more information, check out our website: https://www.svencansee.com

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