During the Diwali festivities, it is critical to remember that a lack of caution when enjoying fireworks might endanger your health, particularly your eyes. This necessitates an understanding of the dangers involved with the irresponsible use of celebratory objects such as firecrackers and laser guns. Taking precautions throughout the Diwali season might safeguard your eyes and those of your loved ones. Dr Rishi Raj Borah, Country Director, India Orbis encourages all of us to be careful while celebrating Diwali:
- Irresponsible Use of Laser Guns is a ConcernThese handheld devices emit intense beams of light that can be harmful to the eyes. Momentary exposure to these lasers can cause temporary blindness, also known as flash blindness, that can even lead to an accident. Laser beams can also cause permanent damage to the retina, the inner membrane lining the back of the eyeball, which is essential for vision.
- Firecrackers: A Tradition with RisksDiwali and firecrackers have been inseparable for centuries. While they bring immense joy to many, they might also cause damage to the eyes.
- BurnsFirecrackers can cause severe burns, especially when they malfunction or are handled incorrectly. These injuries can lead to permanent scarring and vision impairment.
- Chemical ExposureThe smoke and debris from firecrackers can irritate the eyes and even lead to chemical injuries, affecting the cornea and causing pain, redness and blurred vision.
Celebrating a Safe Diwali for Your Eyes
To ensure a safe and enjoyable Diwali for your family and the community, here are some essential safety tips:
Say No to Laser GunsAvoid using laser guns during Diwali celebrations. Educate the children about the dangers of these devices.
Handle Firecrackers SafelyIf you choose to include firecrackers in your celebration, follow safety guidelines. Only purchase eco-friendly fireworks from licensed vendors and maintain safe distance when lighting them.
Use Protective EyewearWear safety glasses while setting off firecrackers as they shield the eyes from sparks or debris entering them.Keep a First Aid Kit ReadyIn case of an eye injury, have a first aid kit with an eye wash solution readily available to flush the eyes and seek medical attention immediately. Ensure the first-aid kit also contains sterile gauze and adhesive bandages. In case of an eye injury, immediately cover the damaged eye with a clean cotton cloth or gauze and seek expert medical attention, as prompt treatment can reduce the severity of the damage.
Spread AwarenessShare information about the risks of laser guns and firecrackers with your friends, family and neighbors, advocating for a safer Diwali celebration.
While Diwali is a time to celebrate, it is essential to prioritize safety, particularly when it comes to our eyes. By avoiding laser guns, using firecrackers responsibly and taking necessary precautions, we can ensure a joyful and safe Diwali for all.