Eye Safety Tips Over Labor Day Weekend

In the U.S., more than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen each year, with roughly 1 in 8 fireworks injuries harming the eyes. With Labor Day weekend celebrations approaching, Dr. Ronald C. Gentile, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, wants to remind people of some eye health and fireworks safety tips.

“Common fireworks and sparkler eye injuries include burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage and ruptured eyeball,” says Dr. Gentile. “And children are frequent victims of these injuries. As many as 30 percent of eye traumas caused by fireworks impact kids.”

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Pioneering Imaging Technology Reveals Microscopic Details of the Retina

Richard Rosen, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a team of researchers in the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Clinical Research Center, are pioneering an imaging technology that enables them to see microscopic details of the retina and its finest blood vessels at a level not previously possible in patients with sight–threatening disease.

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