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Firecrackers injure many more eyes

Bangalore, Nov 14, 2012, DHNS:
Children treated for eye injuries at a private hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday. DH Photo

The number of eye injuries in cracker burst cases saw a sudden rise on Day Three of the Deepavali festival on Wednesday.

The Minto Eye Hospital in the City alone accounted for 11 cases. Four patients are admitted in the hospital.

Lakshmi, 39, a resident of Bapujinagar, was sitting outside her house when a cracker hit her eyes. She has suffered an injury in the cornea, according to the doctors.

The others admitted for treatment at the hospital are Naveed, 14, from Hennur Cross, Sagar, 16, from Ramanagar and Uvanna, 27, from Chandra Layout. They have suffered blunt injuries due to crackers, causing hyphaema (blood in the eyes).


Doctors at the hospital have covered the eyes of the injured with bandage, so that the eyes get complete rest. The injuries will be further investigated and treated later, a doctor said.

According to Dr Shivaprasad Reddy, medical superintendent of the hospital, the number of eye injury cases increased on Wednesday. Otherwise, there is no increase compared to last year, he said.

“Out of the 11 cases, two patients who needed hospitalisation refused to get admitted.
They were given initial treatment for their injuries.  These patients need further investigation to treat their injuries,” he said.

The three branches of Narayana Nethralaya in the City received over 58 cases since Monday with a sudden spike late Tuesday night, when the hospital received over 40 patients who were treated as outpatients.

Six patients have undergone surgeries for their injuries. Seven patients came to the Rajajinagar branch on Wednesday with serious eye injuries.

Nethradhama Eye Hospital received 12 cases, with two of the patients suffering severe injuries.

Four-year-old Gagan Gowda was hit by a rocket and 17-year-old Keerthi Lakshmi was injured by a cracker, while she was walking on the road. Both the patients were provided necessary treatment and discharged from the hospital.

Three cases were reported at the Rajalakshmi Nethralaya. Manju, 6, suffered bleeding in the eye. Abhinav, 6, had soot particles of the cracker in his eyes, which the doctors removed. Four minor eye injury cases were reported in the hospital.

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