The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) endorses a global ban on consumer fireworks.
Also endorsed by the IAPB board, the ICO position paper encourages ophthalmologists and National Societies of Ophthalmology to advocate for a ban on consumer fireworks by their national governments, as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries.
Eye injuries related to the consumer use of fireworks is a global problem. Even strict regulations on the purchase and use of fireworks do not prevent the high incidence of related eye injuries and the resulting visual impairment and blindness in some patients. As many as half of those affected are children, and one third of eye injuries result in permanent blindness.