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Amidst Diwali , Eye Injuries Hike In Bengaluru

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The Karnataka Government has advised people to use only green firecrackers however despite this already 28 cases have been registered in Bengaluru in just 3 days.

Firecracker-related eye injuries soar this Deepavali in Bengaluru

Source- Deccan Herald

Bengaluru: Deepavali, festival of light and crackers. But this festival is now a serious concern to everyone celebrating. Firecracker – related eye injuries big concern to everyone celebrating this in Bangalore which seeks hike in cases from 2022.

As per the data available, about 22 cases were reported at Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital and four cases at Minto Eye Hospital. Out of 22 cases at Narayan Eye Hospital, 10 people suffered serious injuries and 12 people suffered minor injuries. Surprisingly, most of those injured were people watching the fireworks.

Bengaluru: Hospitals make preparations to treat eye injuries from  firecrackers, First case reported at Minto hospital | Bengaluru News -  News9live

Source- News9live

“Four of the injured were children. Ninety per cent of the injured were watching the fireworks and were returning home when the incident happened,” informed Dr Rohit Shetty, chairman of Narayana Health. Health Department sources noted that arrangements have been made at the government-run Victoria Hospital and Minto Hospital for round-the-clock facilities during the festive season. Doctors have been deputed to attend to patients who suffer eye injuries.

The Karnataka government had advised people to use only green firecrackers. City Police Commissioner B Dayananda has advised to burst firecrackers only from 8 to 10 pm that too asked to use only green crackers. However, people continued to burst firecrackers till late Sunday night in many parts of the city.

Eye injuries from crackers rise in 2 days

Source- Bangalore Mirror

Dr Anand Balasubramaniam, a consultant specialising in corneal, cataract, and refractive services at Sankara Eye Hospital, said, “As of now, there is a significant decrease in vision, and the patient has undergone emergency surgery. In another case, the patient would require surgery at a later date.” Furthermore, he said that on November 12, they observed 28 cases of firecracker-related eye injuries. “Among them, two were infants aged 1, three boys (ages 6, 10, and 12), two girls (age 4), and eight injuries occurred in the age group of 25–35, comprising 5 males and 3 females,” he said

This also resulted in pollution levels spiking after Diwali 2023 in Bengaluru. Karnataka’s capital city witnessed a 55 per cent increase in PM 2.5 levels on Monday till 12 PM.

However, the pollution was comparatively low in Bengaluru this year compared to the previous year.

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