This Deepavali shattered the life of seven-year-old Manu from Chamarajpet, whose left eye was seriously impaired while he was watching his neighbour burst firecrackers on Monday night. Fragments of the cracker fell into Manu’s eye causing serious injury. He was admitted to the Minto Ophthalmic Institute, where he was operated upon.

Doctor Nisha Sultana said they were doing their best to repair his vision, and Manu was one of the eight cases that the hospital received on Tuesday.

Doctors at Narayana Nethralaya, where nine patients were seen on Tuesday, said they could not save the right eye of Mohan Kumar (30), a carpenter from Rajajinagar, who was hit by a “rocket” on Sunday night. Hospital Chairman K. Bhujang Shetty said even his eyeball could not be saved. “It is really unfortunate. We have put an implant in his right eye now. There is no hope of saving 24-year-old Ranjit’s right eye, who was injured while he was bursting a bomb,” Dr. Shetty said. Nethradhama Superspeciality Eye Hospital received two cases with mild injuries.

Several with corneal abrasions and burns on the eyelid, which will not result in any permanent damage to the eyes, were seen in other hospitals.

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