Curated By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: November 12, 2023, 06:35 IST
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time for celebration and joy. Being celebrated today on Sunday, November 12, Deepavali is also a time when children are exposed to firecrackers and other potential eye hazards. Amidst the vibrant hues and enchanting sparkle of Diwali, it’s crucial to remember the importance of eye safety, especially for our curious and energetic children.
As Diwali festivities illuminate our homes and surroundings, they also introduce potential eye hazards that can dampen the joyous spirit of the occasion. Firecrackers, with their explosive bursts of light and sound, pose a significant risk of causing eye injuries. Additionally, smoke from fireworks and the general increase in air pollution during Diwali can further irritate delicate eyes.
To ensure that children fully enjoy the festivities without compromising their eye health, it’s essential to take proactive measures and adopt age-appropriate safety protocols. Here are some eye care tips to help safeguard your children’s vision during Diwali celebrations:
EYE CARE TIPS FOR CHILDREN
- Limit firecracker exposureFirecrackers can cause serious eye injuries, including burns and blindness. It is important to limit children’s exposure to firecrackers and to supervise them closely when they do use them.
- Use protective eyewearIf children are going to be around firecrackers, it is important to have them wear protective eyewear, such as goggles or glasses.
- Avoid smokeSmoke from fireworks can irritate the eyes. It is important to avoid smoke as much as possible, especially if you have children with asthma or allergies.
- Wash hands frequentlyChildren tend to touch their faces more often than adults. To prevent the spread of germs, it is important to teach children to wash their hands frequently, especially before and after touching their eyes.
- Get regular eye examsIt is important to get regular eye exams for children, even if they do not have any vision problems. This is because eye problems can develop without any symptoms.
Additional Tips To Help Keep Your Child’s Eyes Healthy
- Eat a healthy dietA healthy diet is important for overall health, including eye health. Make sure your child eats plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Get enough sleepLack of sleep can lead to eye problems, such as eye fatigue and blurred vision. Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night.
- Limit screen timeToo much screen time can lead to eye strain and other problems. Limit your child’s screen time to two hours or less per day.