If you have been tackling do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in your home and garden during lockdown, you are definitely not alone – but without taking proper precautions you could be risking damaging your eyesight.

The good news is that the eye health experts at the Specsavers stores across Sussex have some top tips on how you can improve your space without risking an urgent trip to the optician.

Use protective eyewear

There are lots of ways that you can get a foreign body in your eye while doing DIY, and joinery can be a particular hot spot for this kind of injury. When you are using a hammer, you should wear safety goggles as it is easy for a nail or other object to fly in the wrong direction.

If something does hit your eye, try not to blink as this can cause further damage, and try to flush the item out with water. You should also call your local store, as they can take steps to help prevent the eye becoming infected.

Watch out around chemicals

Painting, plastering and using chemicals like paint stripper can also lead to eye damage. You should wear protective eyewear here too, but also be ready to irrigate the eye to wash out anything that splashes or is rubbed into it.

Alkaline substances like cement and ammonia can be so dangerous that you will need to flush it for 20-30 minutes, and should seek urgent medical attention.

Open for essential care

While the Specsavers stores across Sussex are closed for routine eye tests at the present time, they are open to provide urgent and essential care, and to support local key workers.

So if you or a loved one needs support with an eye problem, or with your glasses or contact lenses, please give your local store a call.

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