DIY causes an estimated 200,000 eye injuries each year, and since lockdown started Specsavers stores across Suffolk have received a number of cases of customers who have fallen foul to a home improvement.

As the months get warmer, more people tend to get involved with activities such as chopping wood, drilling, mowing or strimming the lawn or pressure washing cars – and all of these activities pose the risk of having loose objects getting caught in equipment and flying into eyes.

Take care of your eyes

With people stuck at home during lockdown, stores in Suffolk are seeing a rise in these types of accidents. That’s why the eye health experts at Specsavers stores across Suffolk are warning people to be extra careful when completing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects during lockdown, to avoid picking up a nasty injury.

Samantha Moore, optical regional chair for Specsavers in Suffolk, said: ‘It’s incredibly important that you take caution when carrying out any DIY activity that could lead to something going in the eye. We urge people to wear protective glasses when undertaking these activities.

‘However, in the event that an injury occurs, call your local Specsavers store where an optometrist will be happy to discuss the best course of action with you.’

Open for care

While the Specsavers stores in Suffolk 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. 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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