The eye health experts at the Specsavers stores across Kent are urging people to take care when completing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects during lockdown – as they could pick up a nasty injury along the way.

DIY causes an estimated 200,000 eye injuries each year, and since lockdown started Specsavers stores across the UK have seen a flurry of customers who have fallen foul to a home or garden improvement mishap.

Take care

Specsavers clinical services director, Giles Edmonds, said: ‘We often see a spike in these types of accidents in springtime, so as lockdown-DIY becomes popular it’s no surprise to see a number of patients contacting us with these types of injuries.

‘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

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

While the Specsavers stores in Kent 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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