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Hospitals see more eye injury patients

Some more Children with eye injuries admitted to Minto Ophthalmic Hospital for treatment, while bursting crackers and fireworks on the eve of Deepavali, in Bangalore on November 07, 2010. Photo: K Murali Kumar.

Some more Children with eye injuries admitted to Minto Ophthalmic Hospital for treatment, while bursting crackers and fireworks on the eve of Deepavali, in Bangalore on November 07, 2010. Photo: K Murali Kumar.  

Deepavali shattered the life of seven-year-old Raju from Chickballapur whose left eye was seriously impaired while he was bursting crackers on Saturday night.

Not aware of the implications, Raju placed an atom bomb in a bottle and lit it. Fragments of the cracker fell into Raju's eye causing serious injury. He was admitted to the Minto Ophthalmic Institute, where he was operated upon on Sunday morning.

Institute Director K.S. Sriprakash said doctors were striving to repair his vision. “But the chances of vision recovery are very low,” he said.

Raju was one of the 28 patients that the hospital received since Saturday. “Except for Raju and a few others who were hurt while they were bursting crackers, all others were onlookers and had minor injuries. The youngest case that we saw was of five-year-old Nawaz, who had a corneal tear. Most of the patients who came to our hospital are children, and 70 per cent of them were treated at the out-patient department,” said R.L. Chandraprabha, Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of the hospital.

Doctors at Narayana Nethralaya, where 13 more patients received treatment on Sunday, said they were not sure of saving the left eye of 35-year-old Uma Shankar, a resident of Betta Ulsoor, who was hit by a “rocket” on Saturday night. Hospital Chairman K. Bhujang Shetty said the patient had suffered an “ocular adnexal” injury. Ms. Shankar was also an onlooker.

Similar was the case of eight-year-old Tejaswini, whose left eyeball was ruptured after a “rocket” hit her as she was watching others burst crackers. “As of now we are treating her medically. If required she might have to undergo surgery,” Dr. Shetty said.

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

While six cases were reported at Arun Samprathi Eye Hospital, seven cases were treated at Dr. M.C. Modi Charitable Eye Hospital since Saturday.

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