Rotterdam Eye Hospital: ‘One fireworks victim, quietest New Year’s night in years’ | NOW

In the night from Thursday to Friday, the Rotterdam Eye Hospital treated one firework victim, with which the ophthalmologists speak of the “quietest New Year’s night in years”. During the previous turn of the year, eighteen more victims were brought in during the night.

Ophthalmologists also helped two people after they suffered eye injuries from carbide shooting, but none of the patients required surgery. “We are very happy that many people have been spared suffering this year”, the hospital said.

The hospital points to the fireworks ban as the reason for the “quiet New Year”. Ophthalmologist Tjeerd de Faber argues for a permanent fireworks ban. “In the 34 years that I have been working at the Eye Hospital, I have not yet experienced this small number of victims.”

In the past 24 hours, one person at the Rotterdam Eye Hospital reportedly had surgery for serious eye damage. The ophthalmologists do not rule out that more victims have been brought in in other regions, but say that “large numbers” are unlikely.

This means that the government’s goal of sparing the care of extra patients this year seems to have been successful. Last year, more than 1,300 fireworks victims reportedly reported to GP stations. Figures for this turn of the year are not yet complete, but the hospitals of the Alrijne care group, the Groene Hart Hospital in Gouda and the LUMC should not have been taking care of fireworks victims. Last year, seventeen patients were brought there.

Ophthalmologists registered for the thirteenth year in a row how many eye injuries occurred during the turn of the year. In previous years, it concerned 2,517 patients with 3,123 damaged eyes, of whom 1,092 suffered permanent injuries. More than 200 eyes were blinded, while 81 eyes could no longer be saved and were removed.

Follow the latest developments in our live blog of the turn of the year.


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