Specsavers store directors in Essex are sharing a message from Specsavers Clinical Services Director, Giles Edmonds, to help the local community avoid DIY mishaps during lockdown.
Advice from the experts
Giles says: ‘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. Indeed some stores have reported treating up to three DIY-eye injuries in a single day.
‘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. 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.’
Things to watch out for
When doing DIY, look out for the following: Foreign objects in your eye, chemicals or solvents in the eye, cuts, a black eye or a perforated eyeball.
While the Specsavers stores in Essex 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.