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Safe Songkran Celebration - Protecting Your Eyes from Infections

Safe Songkran Celebration - Protecting Your Eyes from Infections

Eyes are vulnerable to various infections, particularly when exposed to impure water during the Songkran festival. Water used for the festivities may contain harmful bacteria, viruses, or even fungi. Before joining the water splashing fun, it's crucial to examine the water you'll be using for any contamination like dust, debris, sand, or impurities.


Eye Conditions Arising from Unclean Water and Contaminants
  1. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Symptoms include redness, itching, eye discharge, excessive tearing, and inflammation of the white part of the eye. It can be caused by allergies or infections, including bacteria or viruses transmitted through contaminated water.

  2. Corneal Abrasions and Ulcers: The cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, can be scratched due to foreign objects or improper use of contact lenses. Severe cases can lead to corneal ulcers when infections occur.

  3. Stye: Styes are inflamed oil glands on the eyelid. When these glands get blocked, they can become painful and red.

  4. Red Eye: This condition includes symptoms like a red and swollen white of the eye, excessive eye discharge, itching, eye pain, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. If you get water or foreign objects in your eye, rinse with clean water. Afterward, observe if the symptoms improve; if not, consult a doctor within 1-2 days.


Precautions for Songkran Celebration
  • Before participating in the water festivities, ensure that the water is sufficiently clean and free from impurities.
  • If something foreign enters your eye, do not rub it as this may dislodge your cornea. Rinse your eye with clean water and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • If contaminated water causes eye irritation, such as redness, itching, or tearing, rinse your eyes with flowing clean water.
  • For contact lens wearers, it's not recommended to wear lenses while participating in water activities to prevent infections.
  • After the Songkran celebration, check for any signs of eye discomfort or redness. If you experience eye irritation that doesn't improve, consult an eye doctor.


In Summary

While celebrating Songkran, take steps to protect your eyes from infections caused by impure water and contaminants. By following these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and joyful Songkran festival without compromising your eye health.





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