Diwali: Simple precautions for good eye health

Diwali is the festival of light. Perhaps its most iconic celebration is the colourful and dazzling display of fireworks. As beautiful as it looks, fireworks account for thousands of emergency room visits each year during the festival. City doctors lists our some vital eye care tips

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Diwali is a festival of lights that brings light into our lives. Eye care is essential during Diwali. Many people can get chronic eye infections; the repercussions of cracker burning at the time of Diwali can be serious sometimes. The smoke that is produced from the crackers can harm one’s eyes and can cause many kinds of infections.

Dr Rahul Baile, Director, cataract, refractive surgery and glaucoma services, Prism eye institute and research centre said, “Because of the firecrackers, the lid, eye lashes or the cornea can get thermal burns. So, it is very difficult to treat. The smoke can cause redness of the eyes and deteriorate the condition of the eye. It damages the tear film of the eye. Use white protective goggles and protect your face.”

Dr Partho K Bakshi, consultant eye specialist, practising at The Eye Centre at Sharda nursing home informed, “In case of any eye injuries, avoid taking self-medication or home remedies. Do not  put rose water or apply any  cream or  ointment to the eye. Seek immediate medical attention.”

Dr Satanshu Mathur, Medical Director and consultant with the Hi-Tech Eye Institute and Laser Centre, Uttarakhand said, “Fire crackers can cause injury to the eyes. Do not rub the eye as fire cracker contains harmful chemicals. Apply  ice cube. remove contact lenses before burning the fire crackers.”

Follow these eye care tips given by the doctors. Happy celebrations!

  • In case you get an eye injury with crackers, the first step should be to wash your eyes and face properly. Wash your hands before splashing water on the face. Do not rub, touch or scratch your eyes. Seek medical help
  • Do not apply ointment or cream to the eye. It may make the injury worse or difficult to examine
  • If you are the one lighting the firework it is always better to have some form of protection for your eyes, usually in the form of goggles
  • Keep fireworks away from the face, hair and clothing
  • Maintain a distance of an arm’s length while lighting firecrackers
  • Defuse used fireworks properly by soaking them in a bucket of water before disposal
  • Keep a bucket of water and sand readily available for dousing in case of accidental fire