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The injuries listed above are common injuries seen around holidays that promote and have firework displays. With 4th of July coming up next week, it is vital to make your eyesight a priority when it comes to shooting fireworks. Every year, thousands of people suffer from permanent vision damage from accidents associated with fireworks. According to the 2014 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, firework injuries in the United States sent over 10,000 people to the emergency room and over 1,000 of those injuries were eye related injuries.  The number of eye injuries doubled from 600 in 2012.

While many people believe that only those lighting the fireworks are at risk for firework injuries, research has shown otherwise. According to this study, nearly half of those injured by fireworks were bystanders. Around 35% of those injuries occurred to kids aged 15 years old and younger.

Many in the eye health and vision industry as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology  support going to firework shows this year and letting the professionals handle the fireworks.
“Playing with consumer fireworks around these holidays have become such a beloved tradition that it is easy to forget the dangers they can pose, particularly to the eyes,” Philip R. Rizzuto, an ophthalmologist and clinical spokesperson for AAO, said in a press release. “We hope people will take the safest route to celebrating their independence by leaving fireworks to the professionals this year.”

If you do choose to go to a firework show, keep this tips in mind

  • Respect the barriers set up. Stay at least 500 feet away from where the fireworks are being lit.
  • Wear protective glasses to cover your eyes.
  • If you find a firework that hasn’t exploded, do not touch it. Call the fire department.

If you choose to stay at home and shoot your own fireworks, please take these safety precautions

  • Never let those under 18 years of age handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers burn at around 2000 degrees.
  • Wear protective eye glasses when you light fireworks.
  • Do not light professional-level fireworks, those are for trained professionals.

If you do have a firework related eye injury, call 911 immediately and do not rub your eyes. If there are any objects in the injured eye, do not try to take it out because that may cause more damage.

Everyone here at The Family Meadows Eye Care wishes you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July! We will be closed to spend time with our family.

There may be more that causes dry eye than previously thought and David Alevi, MD believes he has found out what it might be. While speaking at the 2016 Annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dr. Alevi said that he has found a correlation between cases of dry eye and those patients that slept on their sides at night. Those patients that sleep on their sides instead of their backs had a higher number of dry eye complaints. While meibomian gland dysfunction, MGD, is thought to be the leading causes, this new theory has caught the attention of many optometrists.

“We wanted to examine the correlation between sleep position with the symptoms of dry eye, MGD, and irritation,” said Dr. Alevi, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre, NY. “As clinicians, we already know how MGD is defined and how it can help characterize changes in the tear film. But it’s unclear what effect some non-obvious habits may have.”

Dry Eye Solution: Change Sleeping Position


After receiving many complaints from side sleepers, Dr. Alevi suggested that they switch to sleeping on their backs consistently. Even though the adjustment from sleeping on their side to their back was an adjustment, many of the patients reported their eyes feeling better and no longer symptomatic when they woke up in the morning.

Out of the 130 patients that were being treated for MGD and/or dry eye, Dr. Alevi enrolled 125 of them into an evaluation to test his theory on the side sleeping correlation.



The Dry Eye/Side Sleeping Evaluation

According to Dr. Alevi, the patients that enrolled underwent numerous different testings to have something to compare to the published estimates of the dry eye disease severity. “Dry eye severity was graded based on MGD stage, lissamine green staining, Schirmer testing, treat osmolarity levels, and clinical exam,” he said. “Select patients also underwent meibomography.

The results of the tests were surprising and also supported Dr. Alevi’s idea of the correlation. For instance, the Lissamine green staining  was heavier for those that slept on their sides instead of their back. The OSDI scores of back sleepers were also much higher than side sleepers.

So if you’re experiencing dry eye or MDG, the solution could be as simple as switching up the way you sleep.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of this diseases, please come see us today at The Meadows Family Eye Care.
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