In the summer, when the sun's ultraviolet rays are strongest, ophthalmologistsmedical doctors specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditionsare warning the public that overexposure to these rays can burn the eyes' corneas and cause painful, temporary blindness.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urge the people of Pennsylvania to wear sunglasses and hats when enjoying the outdoors this summer and all year long.
Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured from using consumer fireworks.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries happen each year.
Of these, nearly half are head-related injuries, with nearly 30 percent of these injuries to the eyes.
One-fourth of fireworks eye injuries result in permanent vision loss or blindness.
June is Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology wants to remind consumers to leave fireworks to professionals.