September 8, 2021

Top Tips for eyes safety at home

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Read the full NZ Herald article here

What are you doing to keep yourself busy during lockdown?

Maybe spring cleaning is calling you, trees in the garden need to be trimmed, or if you are handy there may be some DIY projects waiting to be worked on.

Well how can we be productive while keeping our eyes safe at home especially during lockdown? The answer is to wear eye protection and be aware of eye safety. Why do we need eye protection? Just like a helmet, ear muffs and work boots, a pair of safety goggles is also essential in your garden and shed too.

Dust and compost can float in the air while gardening and get in contact with your eyes, causing irritations, infection, and even corneal abrasion. Whilst foreign bodies like metal shavings, wood chips, stones, nails and broken glass can accidentally travel into your eye at high speeds, and cause blunt or perforating trauma to your eye. Such trauma at home is a significant cause for morbidity and visual loss. Here’s a quick check list for you to follow for optimal safety:

  • Check your lawns before mowing and remove any debris
  • If you have paints, fertilizers and pesticides, store these products in a secure area
  • Always keep your tools in a good condition. Replace or repair damaged tools
  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from floating particles or flying foreign bodies

Chemical cleaners/sprays and fertilisers can easily get into your eyes and cause irritation or even chemical burns, especially alkalis based chemicals can cause more damage as they penetrate the conjunctiva and cornea and pass deep into your eye, causing short term and long term visual damage. Here’s a few tips for you to follow:

  • Put your chemical safety goggles on and make sure they fit well, seal around your eyes to give you the best protection when using hazardous solvents and detergents
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer instructions and warning labels
  • Make sure you do not mix cleaning agents

Are your glasses are getting in the way of wearing safety goggles? Call us on 0800 55 2020 or book online to explore your options to visual freedom.

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