Three Don’ts during Holi to Protect Your Eyes
Holi is perhaps the most vibrant festival of India, with the colors and music and celebration casting a magical aura on everyone, young or old. All the streets come alive with joie de vivre as the whole nation celebrates a bountiful harvest and the advent of spring. Sometimes, however, this revelry can be dampened by accidents, with inadvertent injuries that can mar the celebrations. The eyes, in particular, are extremely vulnerable because they are exposed to the elements and are a sensitive and vital organ.
Most of the colors that are available in the market today contain hazardous chemicals like mercury, asbestos, silica, mica, and lead. They are industrial dyes, and alkalis, which are incredibly toxic to the human skin, and especially the eyes. Their use can reason symptoms like irritation, redness, allergies and even permanent loss of vision in case of severe chemical injury to the eye.
It is best to refrain from using these toxic chemicals and to resort to our traditional natural colors made from flowers and turmeric. These are fragrant, beautiful, gentle on the skin, and have medicinal properties also. More than anything else, these have always been an integral part of our rich cultural heritage of Holi celebrations, from the time of our forefathers.
Do not rub your eyes
Try and avoid touching your face and eyes during the Holi revelry, except to cover your eyes and nose while playing with gulal. Even then, it is advisable to cover the nose and the eyes with a clean handkerchief or scarf. This is because your hands may be dirty, and reason infections. Also, the color on your hands may be transmitted to your eyes, causing harm.
In case some color falls in your eye, this dictum becomes even truer, since the eyes become even more vulnerable to damage. Our first reaction is always to rub our eyes hoping that the irritation and itching will go away, but it is counterproductive.
Contact lenses during Holi are a strict no. In case, if the color does get into the eye, it gets deposited in the contact lenses and can continue to get leached out over time, causing more significant chemical injury. Also, any color on the lenses can stain them forever, which means they will have to be discarded.
The inadvertent use of color stained fingers to wear or take off these lenses can also reason the same problem of chemical injury to the eye. Also, dirty fingers can transmit infections to the eye, which can potentially be sight threatening in people who wear contact lenses. Moreover, if you choose to wear your glasses, they will also provide a mechanical barrier, protecting your eyes from both the powder colors and the liquid ones.