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Indore: Play safe Holi, colours can cause glaucoma


Indore: Amid celebration of Holi, city experts have raised concern over the use of chemical colours while celebrating the festival as it leads to glaucoma.

President of Indore Divisional Ophthalmological Society Dr Prateep Vyas said,” Holi colours are not only dangerous to skin but to eyes as well. Over exposure of colours to eyes may lead to blindness and glaucoma.” On the occasion of World Glaucoma Week, Dr Vyas also raised concern over excessive use of ear drops without consulting doctors. “There are 12 million patients of glaucoma in our country and 10 per cent of these patients have turned blind,” he said.

Explaining the reasons of glaucoma, Dr Vyas said that serious injury, use of steroids, botched surgery and excessive use of eye drops are the main reason behind the disease. Fortunately, the disease doesn’t have any direct effects of diabetes and blood pressure.

“Only 10 per cent of the patients of glaucoma get treatment on time as they failed to diagnose in early stage. But, the delay in treatment is dangerous as blindness due to glaucoma cannot be cured again,” he added.