This Holi, make sure your eyes, skin and other vital organs are protected from the chemical content in the colours used widely during the celebrations. Doctors have advised the public to take preventive measures ahead of the festival to ensure that they are protected from the hazardous effects of colours, synthetic dyes, sprays and glittering material.
Every year, city-based eye hospitals receive eye injury cases caused by the chemicals used in Holi colours. After the Holi celebration in 2012, many hospitals received cases of young children who had vision problems after the chemicals entered their eyes.
Students also make use of eggs while throwing coloured water. Incidentally, a hospital also received a case in which a student was hit by an egg in the eye leaving his cornea damaged. The boy took about a month to recover.
The chemical content in the Holi colours are very dangerous. In case the colour gets into the eyes, make sure you wash your eyes with plenty of water. To prevent injury, rush to a local hospital.