Holi 2022: Play with care if you wear contact lenses

Holi 2022: Go all out on the festival of colours, but don't forget eye care during Holi, especially if you wear contact lenses.
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Follow these do's and don'ts to protect your eyes from colours. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Neeraj Sanduja Updated: 17 Mar 2022, 08:53 pm IST
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Holi is a celebration of colours, which brings joy and excitement. The most important thing, though, is to look after your skin, hair, and eyes. They require protection from the potentially hazardous colours used during Holi. Since eyes are the most delicate part of the body, they must be protected during Holi. Due to the enthusiasm surrounding the celebrations, people wearing contact lenses may forget they are wearing them, making it more difficult for themselves and their eyes. So, dear ladies, eye care during Holi is important.

How can Holi colours affect contact lenses?

Colours are absorbed by contact lenses, and those who wear them, should be aware of this. The colours get attached to the lens’ surface, extending their time in the eyes. Given that the majority of these colours contain harmful compounds, the impact on the eyes can be severe. The chemicals can damage or even cause the loss of epithelium, the cornea’s protective layer, which can have knock-on consequences on other areas of the eye. The iris of the eye, for example, can be severely irritated.

Also Read: Keep your eyes in the best shape with these simple and effective eye care tips

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It is better to be cautious about your eyes on Holi. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Precautions for eye care during Holi

1. Wear disposable lenses

You can use disposable daily wear lenses if you need to use contact lenses and can’t avoid it. However, once the festivities are over, remember to put on new contact lenses.

2.Discard lenses if colour gets into it

If you forget to remove your lenses and have the smallest suspicion that chemicals from the colours have entered your eyes, you must discard the lenses immediately and replace them with fresh ones that are intended for daily use only. It is important to remember that you should never try to clean the same lens while wearing it.

3. Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from Holi colors is the finest advice for eye care during Holi. While playing Holi, it will shield your eyes from the coloured water.

Also Read: 6 scary things that happen when you wear contact lenses for too long

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Coconut oil can be a protective layer. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Natural precaution for eye care during Holi

Apply coconut oil over your eyelids before playing Holi. Coconut oil, like moisturizer, will keep the colour from getting into your eyes. This is a natural way to keep your eyes healthy while playing Holi.

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