Prevent Eye Injuries
Most of the eye injuries are usually preventable. They occur frequently and can happen anywhere. It is estimated that 80-90 % of all eye injuries are preventable. 40-45% out of them occur in and around the home. In children, eye injuries can occur at home, school or play ground and also during the festivals of Deepawali, Dussehera and Holi. Retinal burns can occur while viewing the colar eclipse with naked eye. They should always be aware of the best ways to protect their eye sight. Hence, prevention is the first and most important step for avoiding eye injuries. The following preventive measures can be taken at home, at play and during the festivals to save eye sight.
- Items of daily use like sharp edged toys, knife, needle, scissors etc., should be kept away from children. These objects can sometimes cause serious injuries when they come in contact with eyes
- Make sure that all spray nozzles are directed away from you before you press down on the handle.
- Read instructions carefully before using detergents, ammonia or harsh chemicals. Wash your hands thoroughly after use.
- Many toys with pointed or sharp ends and games like guli-danda, boxing can prove dangerous. Remembers to pay attention to the age of children while selecting a toy or a game
- Avoid projectile toys such as dart, pellet guns etc. These can hit the eye from a distance.
- Supervise children when they are playing with toys or games that can be dangerous.
- Teach children the correct way to handle potentially dangerous items such as scissors, pencils, bows and arrows.
- Don’t give crackers to small children
- Don’t stand too close to fireworks
- Don’t ignite fireworks indore
- Adult supervision is essential
- Wear eyeglasses or goggles for protection
- Place a bucket of water nearby to put out fire
- Use herbal colours. Avoid use of chemicals in Holi.
- If chemicals falls in the eyes wash with plenty of water