Specsavers have seen a rise in eye injuries during the coronavirus caused by DIY mishaps where opticians have treated patients for an array of incidents in the last few weeks, including foreign objects in the eye.
RemoteCare and emergency care are available
Anyone concerned with a DIY accident with their eyes and ears can speak to a Specsavers optometrist or audiologist expert using Specsavers new RemoteCare video or phone consultation service. Anyone requiring emergency advice should call their local optician.
Advice to avoid DIY accidents
Specsavers optometrist Kerril Hickey says: ‘It’s important that suitable eye protection is worn when carrying out any activity which might lead to something going into the eye, such as chopping firewood, pruning in the garden, drilling or grinding. 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.
DIY eye hazards
Specsavers suggests watching out for twigs when trimming a hedge and to also watch out for objects hidden in your lawn when mowing or strimming, like rogue pegs for example. When handling irritants, it’s important to avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes. Take extra care using power tools and pressure washers that can cause foreign objects to fly into the eye at speed. Paint can contain chemicals that are severe irritants so be mindful when handling these too. Finally, don’t risk using a hammer without safety goggles as it’s so easy for a nail or flint to spark back up into the eye.
What to do in the case of a DIY emergency
In the case of emergencies, Specsavers suggest that if you get a foreign object in your eye, try to flush it out. See your optician who can swab to remove the foreign body and apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection.
If you get solvents or chemicals in your eye, flush out the eye for 20 – 30 minutes by tilting your head so the water runs across your eye towards your ear. Then seek urgent medical assistance.
If you get a cut on your eyelid, clean it out and keep it clean and dry. Attend A&E if you think stitches are required. If, however, the cut or scratch is on the eyeball itself and is causing pain or visual disturbance you should definitely seek help from an optician.
If you suffer a black eye, it will likely heal by itself within a few weeks, but if you do experience problems with your vision, issues focusing up close, pain in reaction to light or distortion of lines, speak to your optician. If you get a perforated eyeball, your vision will usually be severely reduced, and we’d recommend going straight to the hospital for treatment.