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February 28, 2024 3:57 am

PGI sees 28 patients of fire-crackers related eye injury this Diwali

Chandigarh, October 25

As many as 28 patients of fire-cracker-related eye injury cases visited Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER from 8 am on October 24 till 8 am on October 25.

Among the 28 patients, 25 were males and 3 were females, of these 16 were aged ≤15 years, and the youngest was 8 years old. Out of 28 patients, 11 eyes have open globe injuries and needed emergency surgeries (9 patients were already operated on) and nine of these have serious injuries. Rest 17 have either minor injuries or closed globe injuries, and were managed conservatively.

There were 17 patients from Tricity (Chandigarh-11 Mohali and PKL- 6) and the rest from the neighboring states of Punjab (3), Haryana (5) and Himachal Pradesh (3). Fourteen patients were bystanders and the rest 14 were bursting crackers themselves.

In view of the Diwali Festival and anticipation of many emergencies due to cracker injuries, the Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER has made an elaborate arrangement to meet and provide immediate treatment to the patients reporting to the PGIMER.

The department has doctors and staff on special emergency duty round the clock at the Advance Eye centre PGIMER, Chandigarh from the morning of 23-10-2022 to 26-10-2022 (8 am) to attend to the patients on arrival.

“Out of 28 patients 11 eye have open globe injuries and needed emergency surgeries (9 patients were already operated) and nine of these have serious injuries. Rest 17 have either minor injuries or closed globe injuries, and were managed conservatively. We have comparative data of previous 2 years and we feel it was comparatively higher cases in this Diwali 2022,” the official at PGIMER shared.

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