With the bank holiday weekend presenting an opportunity for many to embark on some much-needed DIY jobs around the home, Openshaw opticians, part of the Eye Love My Local Independent Optician campaign, is raising awareness of the dangers do it yourself tasks pose to the eyes.
“Thousands of eye accidents happen each year as a direct result of DIY; most of which are preventable if the correct eye protection is worn,” Steve Dando, from Openshaw Opticians.“Many people are unaware of the damage a straying piece of scrap metal or woodchip can do to their eyes and often undertake DIY tasks without considering the risks,” Mr Dando added. Before undertaking a DIY project, independent optician, Openshaw Opticians, part of the national campaign are encouraging individuals to assess the risks involved with a task and consider what can be done to make it safer. They also strongly advice the use of safety goggles, as the best way to ensure the protection of the eyes from potential accidents.
When purchasing safety goggles, the group of independent opticians urge people to seek advice from them on appropriate protective eye wear, particularly those who wear glasses, as prescription safety goggles are available.
“It is important to take every precaution to avoid damaging your eyes and optometrists at Openshaw opticians can advise you of the best method of protection. It is also essential that you seek medical help, should any injury to your eye occur, as soon as possible,” said Mr Dando