DIY enthusiasts are regularly risking their eyesight by not wearing safety goggles, with around 20,000 eye injuries every year caused by DIY mishaps*.

At Specsavers in Barrow we often see people coming into the store needing care after DIY related accidents. Getting proper eye protection is essential for DIY. 

Protective glasses are needed

Protective glasses must conform to European Standard BSEN 166, while eye goggles need to be British Standard number BS1542 to provide the right level of protection.

We often find that people who already wear prescription glasses wear just these as eye protection during DIY. Normal glasses are not adequate on their own, but if you need to wear glasses to see the job clearly they can be worn underneath some protective glasses. Alternatively, Specsavers can provide prescription protective glasses which conform to European safety standards.

Common DIY injuries to the eye

The most common DIY eye injuries are caused by flying chips of wood or metal which hit the eye.

Care must be taken when chiselling or hammering and when drilling into masonry, sanding wood, removing plaster, splitting tiles or concrete slabs, stripping paint, sawing, welding, laying insulation and painting ceilings. DIY enthusiasts should also take extra care when grinding, hammering and polishing as these activities generate small, high velocity particles which can puncture an unprotected eye, risking real damage to vision.

What to do when you get a DIY-related injury to the eye

So what should you do if something goes wrong during DIY? The most important thing to remember is not to rub the eye, even though your initial reactions will probably be to touch it. Rubbing at a cut or punctured eye can make the laceration worse, and can push around any residual pieces of external matter causing more cuts. If the eye is cut you should avoid washing it and instead, place a light bandage over the whole eye and go to hospital for medical treatment.

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