Tjeerd de Faber

Fireworks debris
Jan 1 '20 10:00

The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam treated a total of 18 victims who sustained injuries to their eyes due to fireworks by 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. According to the hospital, this was the busiest New Year's in years, NOS reports.

A total of 20 eyes were injured, including 10 that sustained permanent damage. None of the victims wore firework safety glasses, and most incidents involved legal fireworks. The youngest victim is 14 years old. The most other victims are in their 30s. 

Oak processionary caterpillars
Jul 18 '19 11:50

Dozens of people sustained eye injuries caused by miniscule hairs released by oak processionary caterpillars over the past weeks. At least 92 patients went to ophthalmologists in the Netherlands with eye problems caused by these poisonous caterpillars, NOS reports after surveying 133 ophthalmologists.

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Jan 1 '19 10:00

The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam treated eight people with fireworks injuries over New Year's. About half of the injuries caused permanent damage, the hospital announced, NU.nl reports.

The number of victims is about the same as last New Year's, though the injuries are somewhat more serious than in previous years, doctor Tjeerd de Faber said to the newspaper. The youngest victim is 15 years old.

"The most injuries were caused by legal fireworks. Half of the victims were bystanders and were hit by flying fireworks", Faber said. 

Fireworks debris
Mar 28 '18 08:19

The Dutch government plans to ban firecrackers before the end of the year, in an effort to make New Year's safer. Firework sellers will also be obliged to give their customers safety goggles and stable firing tubes for rockets, RTL Nieuws reports based in information from insiders in The Hague.

The government is taking this measure after the Dutch Safety Board advised that crackers and rockets be banned, because they cause the most injuries and damage during New Year's.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '18 10:54

New Year's celebrations with fireworks in the Netherlands generally go hand-in-hand with dozens of firework related injuries, and this year was no exception. The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam already admitted eight people with a total of 10 injured eyes. And dozens of people were admitted to hospital with burns and other firework related injuries.

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Dec 29 '16 16:00

The vast majority of people in the Netherlands have no idea what to do to give first aid if someone's eye is hurt by a firework, according to the Red Cross. The aid organization launched a website with the most important thing to do with different firework injuries until professional help can be reached.

According to the Red Cross, 77 percent of the population do not know how to give first aid for eye injuries caused by fireworks. And only 13 percent gave the correct answer on a detailed follow up question on the subject. 

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Jan 1 '16 09:45

At least twelve people, including three young children, seriously damaged their eyes in various accidents involving fireworks on New Year's Eve, according to the Eye Hospital in Rotterdam

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Jan 1 '14 14:44

Eight people sustained eye injuries to the point where they lost the sight in one eye, due to accidents with fireworks. One of the victims lost an eye, it's not clear yet it that will be the fate of the other victims as well. So far 46 eye injuries have been reported, but the number is expected to go up in the next few days, reported Eye Hospital Rotterdam today on behalf of the Dutch Ophthalmic Association (NOG).

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