Holi 2022: Holi is almost here. The festival of colors brings with it lots of togetherness, fun, fun, food and laughter. It’s the time of year when houses and streets are decked out in color, people return from distant cities to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones, and people indulge in food and lip-smacking drinks. Holi will be celebrated on March 18 this year. A day before Holi, Holika Dahan is celebrated, which brings a lot of mythological references and meanings. It is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu rescued his devotee Prahlad from the clutches of Prahlad’s father – the demon king Hiranyakasipu and his sister Holika – and defeated evil. Therefore, Holi denotes the triumph of good over evil.
Holi is celebrated with great grandeur and pomp throughout the country. This is the time when people indulge in playing with colors. Children take out their water gun, water balloons, gulal and play with each other smearing their faces. However, Holi is also the time when harmful colors are likely to enter your eyes and skin and cause disease. Although we are always asked to play Holi responsibly, we can sometimes be exposed to harsh chemicals used in the manufacture of these colors. So how do you find the right balance between having fun and protecting yourself?
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In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Rishi Bhardwaj, HOD, Opthalmology, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram shares tips for protecting eyes from color and preventing allergies and other complications.
Use goggles, zero-power goggles, or sunglasses to protect your eyes from color. A protective barrier would ensure that the colors do not directly enter the eyes and cause any damage.
Go for natural colors: The best thing about playing with natural colors is that they don’t harm your body and especially your eyes. Traditional natural colors made from flowers and turmeric are the best choice.
“In addition, the majority of colors sold on the market may contain dangerous chemicals such as asbestos, mercury, silica, mica and lead. These are very toxic to the skin and eyes and can lead to symptoms such as irritation, redness and allergies”, explains the expert.
Do not wear contact lenses: Rishi Bhardwaj also strictly recommended not to use contact lenses while playing Holi. When colors enter the eye, they are more likely to deposit in contact lenses.
Do not rub your eyes: According to the expert, rubbing your eyes with hand colors should be avoided as it may cause corneal abrasion.