5 essential eye-care tips for a safe Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The festival is most enjoyed with house decorations and lightings, gifting, rangolis and fireworks.

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Though Diwali celebrations mean a lot of fun and enjoyment, there is a need to be careful during this festival of lights. With incidents of eye injuries and even loss of eye-sight being reported every year, it’s crucial to take safety measures. Eye care is essential during Diwali. Fire cracker-related eye injuries could cause grave and irreversible danger.

While enjoying the festival to its fullest, here are five simple safety tips for your eyes during Diwali:

Maintain a safe distance

If you want to witness the colourful display of fireworks, do it at a safe distance. This will ensure that no debris will fall on your eyes and since you are not in the proximity, you are safe from any sort of danger.

Use protective glasses or eye-wear

Children should not be left unsupervised. It is highly advisable for kids and adults alike to wear safety goggles. This will prevent debris and smoke from fire crackers from entering your eyes.

Safety glasses are highly recommended for those individuals lighting the fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to the fireworks.

Wash your eyes

In the event of an eye injury, do not rub your eyes. If there are any particles inside your eyes, it will scratch your eyeballs and this will cause further damage. Instead, wash your eyes with clean water for about 10 minutes and after that visit an eye doctor at the earliest.

No contact lenses

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If you’re a contact lens wearer, it is advisable not to wear them while watching or bursting fireworks. Contact lenses may cause irritation to the eyes if exposed to high heat for a long time.

Wash hands thoroughly

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Make sure you wash your hands properly after making a rangoli or handling fireworks, and before you touch your eyes. The coloured powder, chalk powder and chemicals from the crackers may cause eye irritation and itchiness.

Remember – prevention is better than cure.

Even though fireworks may be pretty and bright, it is best to stay away from them. Do not let children light crackers. If there are fireworks, there should always be adult supervision. These precautions can go a long way to ensure a safe Diwali for you, your family & friends and your loved ones.

Have a safe and happy Diwali folks. 🙂

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