Diwali Crackers and Eye Injuries

As we all know Diwali is a festival of fireworks. Along with the kids adults also like to enjoy fireworks during these days. However bright
fireworks, especially zooming rockets may prove to be a hazardous if handle in wrong way. That can cause eye injury also. Adults often gives
fireworks to children in their absence and that leads to major incidents. This year most of the people are not in favour of fireworks due to
COVID19 situation. But still if you are willing to celebrate Diwali with fireworks than needs to take care of few things. Let’s talk about it.

Most common injury during this time is eye injury. In fact, the eyes are the second most common affected area after hands and fingers. It can
range from mild to severe like eye irritation to corneal and retinal complications, which leads to partial or complete blindness. Apart from this
the constant smoke cause irritability and make eyes watery.

People wearing contact lenses should be cautious — they may cause irritation to the eyes, especially if exposed to direct heat for a long time.
The damage of the eye by a cracker depends on the velocity of the cracker or the intensity with which it hits the eye, chemical reaction in the
eye and thermal burns.

When we are talking about this, we needs to know if accident
occurs what care one should take:

  • Don’t rub your eyes or scratch your eyes.
  • Wash your eyes and face properly.
  • In case of any irritation or foreign body in the eye, hold the eyelids open and
    flush the eyes continuously with water.
  • If a particle is large or stuck in the eye, do not attempt to remove it and
    immediately contact us at #REH.
  • Keep eyes closed and go to the eye doctor
  • If there is any chemical that has entered the eyes, immediately irrigate the
    eyes and under the eyelids, with water, for 30 minutes. Seek an eye doctor

Above we talked about what to do if injury happens. But as
we all know prevention is better than cure. So let’s explore
few precautions also:

  • Always burst crackers in an open space. Wear goggles, and afterwards,
    wash hands with clean water.
  • Supervise kids when they play with crackers. Never take any injury lightly;
    visit a doctor and take professional help.
  • Keep a bucket of water and sand readily available for accidental fire.
  • Store fireworks in a closed box in a safe place, away from the reach of children.
  • Keep fireworks away from the face, hair and clothing.
  • Do not wear synthetic clothing while bursting crackers.
  • Maintain a distance of an arm’s length while lighting firecrackers, and at least five metres while watching.
  • Remove your contact lenses before going out to burst fire crackers. Use a spare glass instead, which can protect your eyes in a better way.
  • Defuse used fireworks properly by soaking them in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Always wear good slippers which will protect from accidental stamping of burnt crackers.

In case of more information or vision issues contact #REH doctors for further assistance.