Mohsin Eye Bank on Sunday issued dos and don'ts for ensuring a safe Deepavali on Wednesday.
A spokesman of the hospital said adults should carefully supervise children while they indulge in the celebrations. One should keep a safe distance while igniting crackers.
“It is advisable to wear protective goggles while lighting crackers and other material that burst and release sparks,” he said. Simple plastic protective goggles were enough.
In case of injury to eyes or eyelids, one should avoid pressing the eyelids. Instead, they should blow air into the eyes or apply medicines, especially ointments, and consult an eye specialist immediately.
In case of burns, one should douse or dip burnt parts preferably in ice-cold water and seek medical help immediately. The eye bank said all should avoid areas and streets where anti-social elements indulge in throwing lighted crackers at passers-by.
LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), which has its campus in the Health City near Hanumanthavaka junction, will provide emergency service. Those who suffer burns on the eyes can contact the following numbers for immediate help. The service will be available 24x7 from October 25 to 27.
Emergency doctors can be contacted on 9346182020 or 93461 32020 or the administrators at 9849031689 or 99498 00790, or Gopal Rao at 78939 or 36539 or LVPEI landline numbers 3984555/3984666.
Merle Fernandes, Director of LVPEI, appealed to the people to avail themselves of the emergency service whenever it was required during the festival period.