Whilst many media outlets are sharing top tips on how to do do-it-yourself (DIY) projects during lockdown, Specsavers directors across London want to share advice to keep people safe and prevent eye injuries.

The teams in the London stores have seen an increase in those coming in with DIY related eye injuries, with an estimated total of 200,000 eye injuries occurring each year.

Hazards and warnings

Possible hazards include: Trimming the hedge, mowing and strimming in the garden, handling irritants, using power tools and pressure washers and doing painting or joinery.

Specsavers clinical services director, Giles Edmonds, says: ‘It is important that you are cautious and pay close attention when you are carrying out any activity which might lead to something going into the eye, such as chopping firewood, pruning in the garden, drilling or grinding and that suitable eye protection is worn.’

Open for care

If an injury does occur while undertaking DIY, Specsavers stores across London can help, so do reach out to your local store.

While the Specsavers stores in London are currently closed for routine eye tests, they are open for urgent and essential care – with a focus on helping fellow key workers stay on the frontline. You can also use the new Remote Care service to be seen online or over the phone. So if you or anyone you know suffers an eye injury or problem, or needs urgent help with their glasses or contact lenses, get in touch with your local store.

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