All About Fireworks & Eye Safety

Injuries from fireworks cause approximately 9,100 visits to the emergency room each year, with 15 percent of those injuries being eye-related, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Eye injuries from fireworks range from minor burns to severe trauma that can lead to permanent vision loss. While many think sparklers are safe for children, experts consider sparklers a significant safety hazard. “Small sparklers, which can reach a temperature of 2,000 degrees, can cause serious burns,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Fireworks should only be handled by professionals; they should never be handled by children.” Sparklers caused 700 injuries…

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One Easy Way to Support Children’s Health

When completing your auto registration or driver’s license renewal, you will see a checkbox that allows you to donate a dollar or more to Preserve Vision Florida. By checking this box, you support our mission to provide essential vision care services to those in need. Your contribution will help a child see their bright future.

Lindsey Franxman’s Vision Health Journey

Through adversity came resilience. Miss Winter Park 2024 and former Miss Tampa 2023, Lindsey Franxman faced a life-altering experience that led to her vision-saving mission.

At age 12, Franxman was diagnosed with blindness due to a virus that attacked her optic nerves. This condition made even the brightest rooms seem dark, limited her peripheral vision, and prevented her from seeing colors.

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Cataracts: The Leading Cause of Blindness

anatomy of the eye

 Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. 24.4 million Americans have cataracts by age 40; more than 50 percent of those aged 80+ have cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other. What is the lens? The lens is a clear part of…

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