It’s time for picnics, parades, and the Fourth of July. You may be stocking up on fireworks, but are you planning on protecting your eyes? While eye protection may seem like a hassle at first, think about what is at stake. Your vision is one of your most valuable assets and eyes are the second most commonly injured part of the body. Isn’t your sight worth protecting? Fireworks are beautiful and often unpredictable. Figures from the U.S. Eye Injury Registry indicate bystanders are injured more frequently than those handling fireworks. Even small fireworks like firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets can cause serious injuries that can lead to glaucoma, retinal problems, and cataracts. So while you’re out planning your Independence Day display, pick up protective eyewear. Be independent of eye injury. You’ll be able to see the fireworks this year and in the years to come.