KUWAIT CITY, Feb 23: As Kuwait prepares to celebrate national holidays, head of ophthalmology department at Jaber Hospital, ophthalmology and retina consultant Dr. Jamal Al-Kandari, warned of the dangers of the phenomenon of spraying water that occurs in celebrations every year.
Al-Kandari said that some children usually take advantage of the atmosphere of celebrations to practice wrong behaviors; that is, spraying people with water, using water-guns, balloons, or plastic bags reports Al Qabas.
Sources said that most of that water is usually not clean, but rather contains bacteria and viruses, sprinkling it on the eyes causes many serious injuries, some people go beyond the limit by adding substances, such as foam and other harmful liquids into that water, which affects the eye with irritation and become extremely sensitivity.
Al-Kandari explained that the strong pressure of some water guns may injure the eye, and that the use of balloons containing stones or solid materials may cause permanent eye impairment, bleeding and loss of sight.
He pointed out that the number of patients complain of injuries in the eyes, especially children, doubles during the national holidays period, and the injuries range from light to strong, leading to cases that have already suffered blindness.
Meanwhile the eye surgery consultant at Jaber Hospital Dr.Youssef Al-Dhafiri, said that some people mix water with chemicals or unknown substances, which causes bleeding in the eye socket and may lead to blindness, due to colored water and shifts of the lens from its place according to the force of the strike and its direction.
He advised parents to monitor their children to avoid places where these things are used and not to participate in this dangerous phenomenon.