Chandigarh- The PGI’s Advanced Eye Centre right here acquired as many as 23 individuals with firecracker accidents prior to now 48 hours, the hospital stated on Monday.

The sufferers comprised 18 males and 5 girls. Of them, 10 have been lower than 14 years, the youngest being simply six years previous.

In 2022, a complete of 40 sufferers with burn damage in eyes have been reported within the Advanced Eye Centre. The hospital stated this time 14 sufferers have been from tricity – Chandigarh 10, Mohali one and Panchkula one, and the remaining from neighbouring states — Punjab (three), Haryana (six) and Himachal Pradesh (two).

Of the lot, 13 sufferers have been bystanders, whereas the ten have been bursting crackers themselves.

Out of 23 sufferers, seven eyes have open globe accidents and wanted emergency surgical procedures. Sixteen had closed globe accidents and 13 of those had severe accidents.

Three of them have both minor accidents or pores and skin accidents and have been managed conservatively.

“We have comparative data of the previous three years and we feel it was comparatively lesser this Diwali, ” the PGI stated in an announcement. In 2021, a complete of 15 eye damage sufferers have been reported, whereas in 2020 there have been 27 sufferers.

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