Eye Care

Protect Your Eyes During Festival Season

How to Spot Eye Problems Some Eye Conditions That Everyone Should Know

Dr Abhinav Loomba, Fellow & Dr Somasheila Murthy, Head of Service, Corneal Diseases, L V Prasad Eye Institute

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India and celebrated throughout the country. It is a festival of lights, happiness and togetherness where everyone prays for prosperity and well-being of their loved ones. But often this moment of joy can get converted into moment of grief because of various injuries which mostly occur due to firecrackers. One needs to take adequate care to prevent the occurrence of such injuries.

According to an Indian study bombs cause the most number of injuries followed by flower pots and rockets. The severity of ocular injury can range from mild irritation, corneal abrasions, superficial foreign body to potential blindness and severe burns due to penetrating injuries. Sparklers typically burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature is nearly 1,000 degrees hotter than the boiling point of water, double the heat required to burn wood, hot enough to melt glass and cause third-degree burns to the skin. Necessary precautions need to be taken to avoid such injuries.

Protective glasses
Protective glasses should be worn by the one bursting crackers and also the bystanders. This is the simplest way to avoid injuries.

Lubricants
The smoke from the crackers can cause chronic irritation, foreign body sensation and dry eyes. Lubricants like carboxy-methyl cellulose(CMC) are freely available which can be used to provide temporary relief.

Lubricants
The smoke from the crackers can cause chronic irritation, foreign body sensation and dry eyes. Lubricants like carboxy-methyl cellulose(CMC) are freely available which can be used to provide temporary relief.

Viewing Distance
Clear the area of flammable materials and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.

For Contact lens wearers
Wearing of Contact Lens should be avoided during bursting crackers as they are sensitive to heat and can lead to severe corneal burns. Always remember to wear your spectacles.

Do not rub Eyes
DO NOT rub eyes in case of injury.

Cases which need hospital reference
All injuries should be shown to an Ophthalmologist. In case of injuries caused by explosion or burns and other forms of injuries which cause decrease vision should be immediately taken to Eye hospital or an Ophthalmologist as it needs advanced care.

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