Griffin Eye Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urge the public to celebrate with an eye on safety.
In the beloved holiday movie, A Christmas Story, Ralphie attempts to convince his parents and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift. They all reject his pleas with the same warning: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” While you may not literally shoot your eye out, a new study in Ophthalmology Retina – a journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology – shows that BB and pellet guns do blind children every year. And, the number of eye injuries related to such nonpowder guns are increasing at an alarming rate.
Another study published earlier this year showed an increase of almost 170 percent over the last 23 years. If toy guns are on your shopping list, Griffin Eye Center and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urge you to also give the gift of protective eyewear. Protective eyewear and proper guidance make BB, pellet and paintball gun activities safer for children.
To prevent eye injuries, ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – share the following tips.
• Buy the proper eye protection. Always wear eye protection that meets appropriate national
standards when using nonpowder guns.
• Get a target. Have children shoot BB and pellet guns at paper or gel targets with a backstop
to trap BBs or pellets.
• Educate children. Teach them proper safety precautions for handling and using non-powder
• Be present. Ensure that there is always appropriate adult supervision.
• Know what to do (and what not to)if an eye injury occurs. Seek immediate medical attention
from an ophthalmologist. As you wait for medical help, make sure to never to touch, rub,
apply pressure, or try to remove any object stuck in the eye.
Ophthalmologist, Neil Griffin, M.D. specializes in cataract, LASIK and corneal surgery. Griffin Eye Center is committed to providing world class surgical technologies and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, and South Carolina area. Griffin Eye Center offers the latest in advanced cataract surgery from Intra-Ocular Lenses (IOL) to being the first in the US to offer the FDA approved Zepto™ Capsulotomy System. We also continue to be on the forefront with the most advanced lasers for LASIK surgery and offer more options for laser vision correction.
If you would like information on Cataract Surgery, LASIK or Corneal Eye disease contact www.griffineyecenter.com or call 843-449-6414.