Eye injuries caused by new year’s eve fireworks: Every second person is just a spectator

New year’s eve: eye injuries caused by rockets and firecrackers

For the new year, will be re-ignited millions of rockets and firecrackers. And like every year, it will come through the fireworks in the new year’s eve night to numerous injuries. As studies showed, are often affected innocent people.

Hazards caused by legal fireworks

Million people in Germany will be welcomed in the new year’s eve night of the new year with rockets and firecrackers. Like every year, doctors warn of the year, the dangers through new year’s eve fireworks. What many do not consider: Not only is self-built and non-approved explosives, but also a legal firecracker, represent an enormous risk. One of the dangers for the eyes.

Eye injuries caused by pyrotechnics

As the DOG – German ophthalmological society reported in a message, in the days and nights around new year’s eve 2016 and 2017 German eyes wide, over 800 eye clinics reported injuries caused by pyrotechnics.

According to the figures, half of those Affected had not fired the people responsible for Bang the body at all myself, but was just a Passer-by or spectator.

The DOG – German ophthalmological society, therefore, calls once again to a more responsible handling of rockets and firecrackers: According to the experts fireworks belong in the hands of trained professionals.

Many children and young people affected

According to the figures, nearly 40 percent of those Affected have presented the year-end, in an eye clinic, children or young people between the ages of one to 17 years.

Around 60 percent of the patients are 25 years or younger. The clinics are the results of a survey of the DOG to German eyes.

Three-quarters of the patients with relatively “mild” injuries to the eyelid, cornea or conjunctiva of the outpatients can be treated.

However, every fourth Patient suffers a serious injury, which must be stationary, or even in an emergency surgery to be treated.

To bruises or cracks in the eyeball, often combined with Eyelid and Surface damage. One out of every ten can expect a follow-up operation, a decrease in vision or permanent blindness.

“The high proportion of uninvolved passers-by and of Minors among the injured is alarming,” said Dr. med. Ameli fork-Pfisterer, eye physician at the Ernst von Bergmann hospital in Potsdam.

Some of the accident victims reported even with the fireworks or firecrackers thrown at.

Arguments for a ban on the sale of fireworks

At the turn of the year 2016/2017, the DOG has initiated for the first time, a survey at the German eye clinics, the number of Affected, the nature and extent of the injury statistically.

Their results were confirmed by a second survey in the past year.

“Our results, in particular, to the number of injured children, adolescents and young adults with those of international studies are comparable,” says Professor Dr. med. Hansjürgen Agostini of the Department of ophthalmology at the University hospital of Freiburg.

The Figures provide further arguments for a ban on the sale of fireworks to private individuals, as the professional society, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) has demanded it in the year 2016, for the first time.

“Who wants to survive the new year’s eve night, and without prejudice to, leaves it up to the pounding of the hands of trained professionals,” advises Gabel-Pfisterer.

Who do not want to forego the spectacle, should take for his own safety goggles. Children and intoxicated adults, and should not be even handling explosives. (ad)