LETTER: Take care of your eyes while doing DIY

With the Bank Holiday weekend just gone, it’s a timely reminder for millions of DIY enthusiasts out there to take extra care of their eyes and wear a pair of safety goggles when they attempt any home improvements.

As the UK’s leading sight loss charity, RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is keen to see a reduction in the thousands of eye injuries caused each year by things like concrete chips and wood splinters.

DIY doesn’t have to be a risk to eyes so long as people follow a few simple rules.

• Wear safety goggles with side shields at all times particularly when sawing, hammering, sanding or drilling. The glasses should be impact resistant and adhere to relevant British standards (BSEN 166) and only cost a few pounds from DIY shops.

• Some chemicals should only be used while wearing eye protection to avoid splash injuries that could have serious consequences to your sight. Read manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

• Make sure there is enough light to see what you’re doing and wear your safety goggles over your usual glasses or contact lenses to make sure you can see clearly.

If an accident takes place, RNIB advises that you seek immediate medical assistance. In the meantime, don’t rub your eyes as this can make things worse.

Matthew Athey

RNIB Eye Health Information Service Manager