Holi facts from the L V Prasad Eye Institute

By Dr. Swapna Shanbhag

Consultant Ophthalmologist

L V Prasad Eye Institute.

Q) Did you know?

Many Holi colours can contain harmful substances like lead, chromium, and mercury, causing irritation, redness, and corneal damage.

Safe practices:

1️⃣ Safe Colours: Use organic gulaal to avoid eye irritation.

2️⃣ Eye Shield: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from strong splashes.

3️⃣ Contact Lenses: Do not wear lenses during play to prevent colour buildup that could harm your eyes.

Splashy Holi celebrations can lead to eye injuries from direct hits with water balloons or sudden movements amidst crowded festivities.

4️⃣ Stay Hydrated: Keep eyes moist by drinking enough water.

5️⃣ Rinse Off: Play gently to avoid the colours entering one’s eyes, but if they do, immediately rinse with lukewarm water.

6️⃣ Seek Shade: Find shaded areas to minimize direct exposure to sunlight, reducing the risk of eye fatigue and discomfort.

“Embrace the colors of joy! LVPEI wishes you and your loved ones a vibrant and Happy Holi!”

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