Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.
Author Affiliations: Center for Injury Biomechanics, Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University, Blacksburg, Virginia (email@example.com).
In Reply: We agree with Drs Rao and Dlouhy that fireworks do cause many serious eye injuries, especially among youth. Based on their comments, there appears to be a misunderstanding of what was done in our study. Previous research has shown that projectiles can cause serious eye injuries due to considerable deformation, penetration, or perforation of the eye.1- 3 Our experiments were designed to evaluate overpressure (ie, pressure wave) from a firework explosion as a potential eye injury mechanism.
Alphonse VD, Kemper AR, Duma SM. Exposure to Fireworks and Eye Injuries—Reply. JAMA. 2012;308(15):1523-1524. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.11907