Open your eyes to safety and caution this year during Diwali!

Diwali is one of the most beautiful festivals in the world with sparkling lights and spectacular firecrackers. It is a time of joy for all loved ones. Diwali is synonymous with bright fireworks, sparklers and spending time with your loved ones. However most people do not think of the accidents that could occur during the festivities, due to the fireworks and sparklers..

Sparklers seem to be the main cause for injuries in the eyes of children as they are someone left unattended while playing. Sparklers are very dangerous as the burn at a temperature high enough to burn gold. A major cause of worry is the possibility of injuries due to the extensive fireworks where debris can cause significant damage to the eye. Bottle rockets are especially dangerous.

Prevention is better than cure. As the age-old saying says, prevention will definitely benefit you more than the cure.

Some easy tips to follow during the Diwali celebrations are:

  • Remember to be a safe distance away from a firework while watching a majestic display. This reduces the possibility of any pieces of debris entering your eye.
  • 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.
  • This may seem like an obvious suggestion but never leave any child unattended while enjoying the fireworks and sparklers.
  • Make sure that you are in an open, empty space before attempting to light any firecrackers. Also, don’t try to relight firecrackers which did not light the first time.
  • Be extra careful when lighting rocket-type fireworks.
  • After creating your rangoli, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the chemicals and dyes from going into your eyes and causing problems.
  • If an accident occurs, make sure to rush to the nearest hospital and do not try to remedy the injury at home. NIO EYES is well-equipped to deal with any of these unfortunate occurrences. Professional eye care is always the best measure to take while in this situation.
  • Never rub your eyes after the injury as you risk further worsening or spreading the injury. An easy way to check the severity of the situation is to ask if the person can open and see well with the affected eye. If the injured person can see well the injury sustained may not be too severe but if there is a significant decrease in visibility in the affected eye, the injury is extremely severe. Refrain from putting any eye drops into the patient’s eyes.

Take care of your family as well as your eyes during Diwali!

Diwali is and will remain a holiday of happiness and fun but make sure to practice caution when it comes to the more dangerous activities in Diwali. If any problems do occur, then don’t hesitate to come to NIO EYES where our team of very capable eye specialists will make sure that you are treated well. Have a happy and safe Diwali!
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