So it is very essential for everyone to know the precautions to be taken while enjoying the colours of Holi.
1. Use natural chemical-free colours.
2. Use protective eye wear, such as fibre glasses or sunglasses.
3. Avoid use of large water balloons
4. If colour goes into the eye, do not rub the eyes at all.
5. Wash the face and gently open the eye and see for any cuts or bleeding. If this is present, then seek medical aid immediately without any further home intervention.
6. If there are no cuts, but powder/liquid can be seen in the eye, wash it with clean drinking water, by taking water in clean cupped hands and opening and closing the eye several times in the water. Or wash under a gentle stream of tap water. Do not splash water forcefully on the eyes. If lubricating eye drops (tear substitutes) are available, instill them several times. Do not instill any other over-the-counter drops. Do not try to remove any particles or foreign bodies with handkerchiefs or fingers. Reach an eye doctor immediately. A Family physician could help in the immediate aid, but a thorough eye check up under microscope by an Eye specialist is essential.
7. Do not delay medical aid, thinking that the irritation or pain will go off in a while.
These precautions, if taken on time, can be sight saving, and not let the incidence deprive you of the joy of Holi.
Dr. Bapaye Eye Hospital wishes you all a happy, safe and colourful Holi.
Dr. Charuta Bapaye
Dr. Bapaye Eye hospital, Nashik