You may have seen recent reports that hospitals are seeing a sharp rise in serious eye injuries caused by DIY mishaps during lockdown. Patients should be advised to protect their eyes whenever and wherever they are doing work at home or in the garden. Help your patients look after their eyes with our advice on DIY and eye care during lockdown:
Wear protective eyewear for all activities where there is a risk of objects or liquids entering the eye (e.g. hammering, drilling, welding, painting ceilings or laying insulation). Ordinary glasses and sunglasses don’t offer good enough protection. Invest in good quality goggles or safety glasses that conform to the European Standard BSEN 166, or be prescribed prescription safety goggles by an optometrist.
Avoid touching your face, at least until you have washed your hands. This will help prevent dust or chemicals getting into the eyes.
Always have someone else available to help nearby.
Just in case.