Eye Care Tips on Holi!

7 Mar

Holi is almost here. Dry Holi colours known as ‘Gulal’ and wet colours or ‘Rang’ were originally prepared naturally from the flowers and vegetables. However with time strong colours, chemical and artificial colours are being used.

The eyes are extremely at risk during Holi because of the use of harmful chemicals in synthetic colours which cause eye irritation / allergies and even temporary blindness.

The use of eco-friendly natural colours like herbal ‘gulals’ are now popular due to such reasons.

Some Helpful and Safety Tips: 

  • Ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times.
  • Use sunglasses or protective eye wear to protect your eyes from coloured water.
  • Use a hat or cap to protect your hair from strong chemical dyes.
  • Apply a thick layer of coconut oil on your body and hair so that the colour doesn’t stick and it can be washed

off easily later. While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes tightly closed.

  • If you are travelling, keep the car windows tightly shut. Better still; avoid travelling on the day of playing

colours.

  • For children use non toxic colours.
  Leads to What to do?
 

Contact with eyes and skin

 

Irritation of eyes & skin, pain, swelling, photophobia [sensitivity to light]

 

Wash eyes with room temperature clean water. Remove contaminated clothing and wash exposed skin area thoroughly with soap and water.

 

If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

 

Eye injury with a high-speed balloon / stone

 

Severe injury, even rupturing the eyeball or causing a retinal detachment.

 

Do not attempt to clean the eye as the water may be contaminated and cause infection.

 

Shut the eye and rush to the nearest hospital.

 

Inhalation of the powders affects the respiratory tract

 

Irritation, cough or difficulty in breathing, bronchitis.

 

Move patient to fresh air. Administer oxygen if possible and assist ventilation as required.

 

If symptoms persist, see a doctor.

 

Encourage and motivate your friends to play a safe Holi this year!

Issued in public interest by Shroff Eye

 

About the Author:

Shroff Eye Hospital is India’s first eye hospital to be accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), USA for excellence in patient care and health care delivery since 2006.

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