Protect your vision during Independence Day celebrations

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, Truhlsen Eye Institute and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have teamed up to spread awareness about eye safety ahead of the Independence Day holiday by offering free safety glasses to the public.

“Every year we have many ocular injuries from fireworks, unfortunately, we also have a few who have complete vision loss. These injuries can easily be prevented,” says Rao Chundury, MD, assistant professor, UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Truhlsen Eye Institute and oculofacial plastic and reconstruction surgeon with Nebraska Medicine.

According to the 2020 Fireworks Annual Report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 15,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. An estimated 15% of those injuries involved eyes.

Fireworks and even sparklers are incendiary and explosive devices that can burn at temperatures up to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit! Even brief contact with the delicate tissues of the eye can cause devastating burns,” says Paul Rychwalski, MD, the Dr. John and Irene Graether Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Truhlsen Eye Institute, and chief of ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. “Also, high velocity projectiles like bottle rockets can cause massive injuries to the cornea, lens and retina and even cause the eye to rupture.”

Pick up a pair of free safety glasses at the following locations from Monday, June 27, through Monday, July 4. Maximum one pair per person while supplies last.

Nebraska Medicine Health Centers

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chalco Health Center

8343 S. 168th Ave., Omaha 

Family Medicine at Bellevue Health Center

2510 Bellevue Medical Center Drive, Suite 200, Bellevue

Eagle Run Health Center

3685 N. 129th St., Omaha

Midtown Health Center

139 S. 40th St., Omaha

Children’s Ophthalmology Clinic 8534 Cass St.

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Children's Physicians, Creighton 2412 Cuming St., Suite 103

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Children's Physicians and Children’s Urgent Care location at West Village Pointe 110 N. 175th St.

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

Truhlsen Eye Institute 3902 Leavenworth St.

Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Truhlen Eye Institute at Village Pointe Health Center 110 N. 175th St.Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


About Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

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