Let’s Talk About Eye Protection Safety this 4th of July

Family having cookout joy of sight

We are just as excited about the 4th of July as you are. Spending the day at the pool, eating at a family barbeque, and enjoying time outside sounds like a perfect day. And you can’t forget the fireworks! Regardless of how you celebrate Independence Day, we’re sure you’ll be spending most of your time outside.

Our team wants you to celebrate the 4th of July the way you want, but we want you to practice good eye protection safety throughout the day. The eyecarecenter team in North Carolina wants to help prepare you for the 4th of July so you and your loved ones can have a special day.

Protect Your Eyes All Day

Typically, July 4th ends up being a day-long festivity. No matter how you celebrate, we know it can be a long and tiresome day. On top of that, you’re probably also out a little later because of a fireworks show. Given all of the time you’re spending outside, we want to make sure that you do everything you need to do to protect your eyes.

Learn How to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

eyecarecenter has info to help guide you through the day so that your eyes get the protection they need. Too much exposure to the sun can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and even corneal sunburn.

Wear Sunglasses

We know you might not own a pair of sunglasses, but they are the easiest and best way to get the eye protection safety you need. The right pair of sunglasses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to help you avoid eye damage. Your sunglasses should also be certified by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

Our team of experts suggests getting prescription sunglasses instead of the cheaper convenience store options is the way to go for maximum protection. Take a look through our sunglasses collection at eyecarecenter to see if there is anything you like!

Find a Hat to Wear

Regardless of whether it matches your outfit or not, finding a hat to wear is a good way to keep your eyes and skin safe when you’re out in the sun. We want your eyes to stay protected and wearing both a hat and sunglasses will do the trick. Keeping UV rays out of your eyes can help with reducing eye damage.

A hat can also help prevent your face and scalp from getting sunburnt, and they are perfect eye and face protection. Make sure to spread this info to your friends and family so that they can stay protected too.

Find a Spot in the Shade

The team at eyecarecenter wants you to enjoy yourself this 4th of July, and that means feeling good all day. Standing out in the sun for too long can quickly tire you out and make you feel unwell. Finding a spot in the shade while you’re outside will help prevent exhaustion and protect your eyes from the sunlight. Make sure that you keep an eye out for shaded areas wherever you are this holiday. If you can help it, try scheduling events in places that are under cover such as a pavilion in a park.

Fireworks Eye Protection

Fireworks are the perfect way to end an unforgettable July 4th. With all of that fun comes safety responsibilities. Not only can fireworks cause injuries, but 14% of fireworks injuries were eye related. If not careful, you can get chemical and thermal burns, rupture of the globe of your eye, corneal abrasions, and retinal detachment from mishandling fireworks. 

Enjoy Professional Fireworks This Year

Your family and friends might want to shoot off their own fireworks, but we want everybody to be safe, so that is why we recommend going to a fireworks display instead. You should know that professional fireworks shows are typically bigger and better than anything you can do at home anyway! Enjoy fireworks without putting yourself or others at risk. You don’t need to set off your own fireworks to enjoy the 4th of July.

Stay Away from the Fireworks Launch

When going to a fireworks show, it’s very important to follow all rules and pay careful attention to all signage. The rules were created to keep you safe throughout the evening. The areas around the fireworks launch site should be blocked off to the public for everybody’s safety. Make sure to stay away!

Wear Safety Glasses and Goggles

We want you to stay as safe as possible, and that means we don’t recommend shooting off your own fireworks. With that being said, we do understand why you might want to this year. If you do decide to set off your own fireworks, or you’re involved in a fireworks show, you need to wear safety glasses, goggles, or face shields to protect your eyes. They’ll help shield your eyes from debris, sparks, or chemical irritants.

You should also have any other safety equipment you need around to protect from a potential eye hazard. We do recommend going to a fireworks show instead, as it is the safest option for your entire family on the 4th of July.

Friends holding fireworks sparklers

Keep Your Eyes Safe this July 4th

Good food, good company, and fireworks will make your 4th of July great, but practicing good eye safety throughout the day will make it even better. 

Contact eyecareenter in North Carolina Today

You know how important your eyesight is, and that’s why we recommend getting comprehensive eye exams regularly to keep your eyes healthy. The more you take care of your eyes, the healthier they will be and the longer they’ll stay that way.

With all of our locations across North Carolina, you’ll have easy access to quality eye care whenever you need it. Contact us today if you want more info about eye protection safety for this July 4th. Reach out to schedule an appointment at eyecarecenter! 

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