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Are you a DIY enthusiast that carries out most of their home improvement projects? If so, you should be aware of the potential risk of harming the eyes during such projects; the eyes are quite sensitive. A small splinter lodged in your eye can cause severe irritation and redness, earning you a visit to the emergency room. As you go about mowing the garden, painting your house and cutting down trees in your yard, take the following precautions to protect your eyes from injury and maintain proper eye health.
Make use of safety glasses
Many people are careful to wear safety goggles when undertaking projects such as tree trimming, shearing and wood cutting. However, these are not the only DIY activities that expose your eyes to danger. Other tasks such as lawn mowing, painting and weeding can also pose a risk to your eye health. As you mow grass, small pieces of grass may fly into your eyes. Similarly, when weeding plants, dirt and dust can get into your eyes and cause irritation. Also, paint drips can accidentally land in your eyes during a painting project. Always wear safety glasses and consider a face shield when carrying out DIY projects to prevent these accidents.
Wash your hands and face after DIY projects
After a DIY project, it is paramount that you clean your hands and face immediately. If your hands are dirty, you can subconsciously rub your eyes and irritate them with the dirt. Also, if your face is dirty, you may rub dirt off and then transfer it to your eyes. Always clean your hands and face immediately after a DIY project to prevent irritation of the eyes. Keep eye drops on hand so that you can use them to relieve itchiness.
Equip yourself with first aid skills
Equipping yourself with first aid techniques for the eye can make a difference after an injury. You can easily treat yourself without going to the hospital for simple issues of irritation. Wash your face with a lot of water to flush the dirt particles from the eyes. However, if a splinter or another foreign substance penetrates the eye, you need to seek medical assistance. Cover the eye with a shield and rush to the emergency room. Do not touch the eye or attempt to dislodge the splinter as you can end up causing more harm to the eye.
Visit an optometrist for an eye exam if you experience eye itchiness, inflammation or injury after undertaking a DIY project.