How to protect your eyes from colour: How do we strike the right balance between having fun and keeping ourselves safe during Holi? Doctors give tips on how to protect eyes from colours.
Holi is almost here. The festival of colors brings with it a lot of happiness, fun, food, and laughter. It is that time of the year when homes and streets are drenched in colours, people return from far-flung cities to celebrate with their families, friends, and loved ones and enjoy food and drink. This year Holi will be celebrated on 18th March. A day before Holi, Holika Dahan is celebrated which brings with it a lot of mythological context and significance. It is believed that on this day, Lord Vishnu rescued his devotee Prahlad from the bondage of Prahlad’s father – the demon king Hiranyakashipu and his sister Holika – and defeated evil. Hence Holi signifies the victory of good over evil.
Holi is celebrated all over the country with great grandeur and pomp. This is the time when people indulge in playing with colours. Children bring out their water pistols, water balloons, gulal and play by smearing each other’s faces. However, Holi is also the time when harmful colors have a chance to enter your eyes and skin and give rise to diseases. Even though we are always told to play Holi responsibly, sometimes we come in contact with the serious chemicals used in making these colours. So how can we strike the right balance between having fun and keeping ourselves safe?
when is holi?
Friday, 18 March
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Rishi Bhardwaj, HOD, Ophthalmology, Paras Hospital, Gurugram gives tips to protect the eyes from dyes and prevent allergies and other complications.
How to protect your eyes from colour?
Use protective eyeglasses, zero power goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from colours. A protective barrier will ensure that the colors do not enter the eyes directly and cause any damage.
Use Natural Colours
The best thing about playing with natural colors is that they will not harm your body and especially the eyes. The best options are traditional natural colors made from flowers and turmeric.
Also, most dyes sold in the market may contain hazardous chemicals such as asbestos, mercury, silica, mica and lead. These are very toxic to the skin and eyes and can cause symptoms such as burning, redness and allergies,” says the expert.
Do not wear contact lenses
Rishi Bhardwaj also strictly advised that contact lenses should not be used while playing Holi. When colors enter the eye, they have a greater tendency to accumulate in contact lenses.
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Do not rub the eyes
According to experts, rubbing the eyes with colors in hand should be avoided as it can cause a corneal abrasion.
Holi is the day to express love with colours. It is time to show affection. All the colours that are on you are of love!
Let's throw out the colours in the air, and renew our love with a bit of romantic colour.
Express your love with colours this Holi and make your love colourful with colours of love.
Holi is the time to unwind, de-stress and bond with sweets, thandai, and colours.
Holi is a special time to meet those with whom you are not in touch for so long. So rebuild the forgotten bonds and enjoy the festival!
We hope this (how to protect your eyes from colour) article will help you. Have a Great Day 🙂