Eye safety and fireworks


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  Dr. Jay McCollum at the Callahan Eye Hospital says fireworks cause about 12-thousand visits to emergency rooms each year.

Many of the patients are children and teens.

We see a whole range of injuries, some are just superficial burns, or cuts, but about 400 Americans a year lose vision permanently from fireworks. So you can see the whole range, all different parts of the eye are affected. – Dr. Jay McCollum at the Callahan Eye Hospital

If you do end up with an eye injury from fireworks this year, Dr. McCollum says you can avoid the traditional emergency room and visit the ER at UAB’s Callahan Eye Hospital.

It’s a 24-7 facility, and the only one of its kind in the state.

Copyright WIAT-CBS42 2013

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