A new report has revealed that over 30,000 eye injuries a year are caused by DIY injuries, leading to safety recommendations from experts.
The data, published by the College of Optometrists, also showed that nine out of ten people are neglecting to wear goggles and other safety equipment when taking part in home improvement projects, which significantly increases their risk of suffering an eye injury.
Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser to the college, said it is "vital" to protect the eyes when undertaking certain DIY tasks, such as paint stripping, wood chipping, welding and hammering
"Generally the rule of thumb is that if there is a risk of any foreign bodies entering the eye, wearing protective eyewear is essential. Always follow the instructions that come with the tools and equipment you will be using," she advised.
by Adrian Galbreth