Snead Eye Group to provide safety education

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Snead Eye Group to provide safety education

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 14, 2013) – Just in time for Fourth of July celebrations, Dr. Jay Rosen, board certified optometric physician of Snead Eye Group, will hold a lecture on fireworks hazards and dealing with traumatic injuries, stressing the importance of annual eye exams to protect one’s vision, at the Cape Coral Fire Department, Station 8 on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 17 percent of fireworks-related injuries affect the eyes, leading to visual loss or blindness. Each year, 400 Americans lose vision in one or both eyes during Fourth of July celebrations due to eye injuries. The majority of eye injuries occur in children younger than 16, who are not aware of the potential danger in handling any type of firework.

As part of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition membership, Battalion Chief of EMS Ryan Lamb recognized a need to further prepare his firefighters and EMS personnel in the event of an eye injury.

“Because we depend heavily on our emergency responders, it’s important to work hand in hand with them to ensure the health and safety of our community,” said Dr. Rosen.

Founded by Dr. Snead in 1985, Snead Eye Group provides comprehensive eye care, including eye surgery to patients in Lee, Collier and surrounding counties.

For more information or for a complimentary cataract screening, please call 239-936-8686 or visit


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