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Mon, 13 Nov 2023 Family & Parenting

Avoiding Firework Mishaps: A Guide to Preventing Eye Injuries from Sparks

By Sriram Simakurthy
Avoiding Firework Mishaps: A Guide to Preventing Eye Injuries from Sparks
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If sparks enter your eyes while handling fireworks, it's vital to stay composed and take immediate steps to avoid potential injuries. Refrain from rubbing your eyes, as this may worsen the situation. Instead, softly blink to facilitate tears in washing away any particles.

If the sparks persist or if you experience discomfort, adhere to the following guidelines:

#Utilize a gentle flow of clean, lukewarm water to rinse your eyes for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Avoid using water that is too hot or too cold.

#If discomfort persists after rinsing or if you observe redness, swelling, or changes in vision, promptly seek medical advice.

#Avoid rubbing your eyes and refrain from using any eye drops or medications without consulting a healthcare professional.

#It is highly recommended to have clean water readily available near the fireworks area for quick self-assistance.

#For children, it's advisable to have adults nearby to monitor them. Additionally, consider wearing protective glasses while handling fireworks.

Remember to seek immediate medical attention for severe pain, persistent irritation, or any signs of eye injury. Given the delicacy of the eyes, timely intervention can prevent complications. When uncertain, consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance based on your specific situation.

Dr Sriram Simakurthy, Consultant Vitreoretina and ROP, Sankara Eye Hospital, Hyderabad

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