Firework Safety

At Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho, we care about your eye safety


Alright Boise, it is that time of year again, Fourth of July! This is the time of year to celebrate our nation's independence. Many American's partake in this holiday by blowing things up. Ah the joys of fireworks, they really offer everything a good party needs: sound, light, and a little sparkle. Just like we discussed last year though, these little beauties can be very dangerous. So hold onto your popsicle because here comes a review!


At Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho we can help with eye injuries.


Obviously, being an optometry office, we are concerned about eye health. The major types of eye injuries that are related to fireworks are as follows:

  • Corneal Abrasions: A corneal abrasion is a scratch to the clear front surface of your eye. The cornea contains a high number of nerves, which makes it very sensitive. A corneal abrasion, depending on the severity, can cause pain, light sensitivity, redness, swelling, blurred vision, corneal scarring, and even vision loss. Vision loss could be associated with a severe corneal abrasion that causes scarring within the visual axis. A corneal abrasion could be caused from a projectile (bottle rocket), foreign body (debris from the firework), or even from a finger if someone is trying to block their eyes with their hands they can accidentally poke themselves.

  • Ocular Surface Burns: An ocular surface burn is just like a burn on the skin. The eye has an epithelial layer that can be easily damaged. When we think about burns related to fireworks we think that the burn is from the fire on it. While that is true some people experience chemical burns from fireworks. Fireworks are engineered with different chemicals to create a variety of effects such as color, shape, or action. Chemicals in the eye can actually cause a change in the pH of the tear film. If chemistry isn't your thing the pH of the eye helps maintain a neutral environment. If not treated properly ocular burns can have a long-term, major impact on eye function. Depending on the chemical irritating the eye it can cause sight loss or even penetrate the eye if not treated properly.

  • Retinal Detachment: The retina is the thin neurologic tissue on the inside of the eye that conducts visual stimuli to the brain. This very impressive structure is fairly delicate. If the eye experiences trauma it can cause the retina to detach. A retinal detachment can cause irreparable vision-loss. Common symptoms associated with a retinal detachment are flashes of light, floaters within the eye, decreased vision, or the sensation of a curtain or a veil over the vision.

  • Rupture of the Globe: The globe is the actual eye-ball. Depending on the force applied to the eye it is possible to have the globe rupture. Globe ruptures are very serious and require a lot of care. The eye is a pretty sterile environment and once it has been compromised there is an increased risk of serious infection and damage to intra-ocular structures.


This blog is not meant to be a deterrent but instead increase awareness. Practicing proper fireworks safety is imperative. Please see our previous blog regarding fireworks safety for a comprehensive list of proper fireworks safety that was created by the National Council of Fireworks Safety. Prevention is easier than treatment. Good preventative measure, eye protection!


If you or someone you know gets hit in the eye with a firework the most important thing to do is SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY. Do not attempt to remove debris or apply pressure to the eye. Without proper equipment it is impossible to know the extent of the damage.


This Fourth of July be kind to your eyes! Wear protective eye wear (sunglasses are great for this!) and be careful! Also please keep our foothills fire free!


From all of us at Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

Posted by Artisan Optics at 7/13/2017 4:43:00 PM
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