12.01.2011

Bottle rockets "a major danger to eyesight"

Bottle rockets "a major danger to eyesight"

By Alexa Kaczka

A small form of firework operated by many youngsters poses a significant danger to eye health, according to a new study.

Experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee studied ten patients who had received injures from the use of bottle rockets, which are smaller than normal fireworks but still contain explosives.

They found that some of the patients had suffered major eye trauma, including bleeding in the front of the eye, inflammation of the iris, cataracts and retinal tears.

The specialists said that the study "demonstrates that bottle rockets can cause significant ocular injury in children and adolescents" and issued a warning to ensure that all youngsters operating the fireworks wear protective eye equipment and are monitored.

Recently, advice regarding the partial eclipse in the UK on January 4th was issued by Dame Sally Davies, the UK's interim chief medical officer, who stated that people should ensure they had a proper viewing device such as a pinhole camera ready in order to protect their eyes.

by Alexa Kaczka


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