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Squash, Water-sports, Cricket, Motorcycling, Football, Golf, Sailing, Gardening, Shooting, Swimming, Fishing, Diving, Skiing, Cycling, Tennis, Hockey, Snooker, DIY, Snowboarding, Canoeing, ......to name but a few, the list is almost endless.

Leisure & Lifestyle - these are the buzz words of the future, or so we are always being told. If you currently enjoy, or plan to in the future any of the following recreational activities, then eye protection should certainly be a consideration even if vision correction is not needed. If you do need to wear spectacles, why should that hold you back from enjoying some of the many activities that are available.

DIY - DIY causes thousands of eye related injuries a year. Injuries are often caused by flying objects such as wood chips or shards of metal and a good defence against these is a pair of safety goggles.

Workplace - Every year, thousands of workplace eye accidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive, and some of these involve loss of sight.

Sports - Sport is now the biggest cause of hospital admission for serious eye injury in the UK. When objects move at speed, the eyes become vulnerable, and this is particularly true of certain sports. Racket sports in particular account for thousands of eye injuries a year. In fact, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) estimates that squash balls alone are responsible for 2,000 hospital admissions in the UK each year, while squash rackets account for around 2,400. The answer is to wear protective eyewear, which is available from good retail outlets and opticians. They may look and feel odd at first, but you soon get used to them and they’re a growing trend. In fact it is now obligatory for juniors (U'19) playing in official squash tournaments to wear suitable eye protectors.

First Aid for Eyes - When eye injuries occur, knowing how to deal with them can mean the difference between minor eye damage and permanent injury, or even blindness. Here are some first aid suggestions for eye injuries. However, please remember, these suggestions are only first aid. It is important for you to contact your Optometrist or nearest hospital eye department as soon as possible for any eye injuries.

If you have a foreign object in your eye, don't rub it.

Lift your upper eyelid outward and gently pull it down over the lower lash. This causes tears to flow and will often wash the object out of your eye. You may have to repeat this several times. If the object does not wash out, contact your Optometrist. Do not try to remove a particle that is embedded. You can cause more damage. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove the lens and clean it thoroughly before putting it back in your eye. If discomfort persists, remove, clean again and reapply. If discomfort continues, remove the lens and call your Optometrist.

For chemicals splashed in your eyes immediately flush your eyes with cool water for at least 15 minutes. If possible, hold your head under a slowly running faucet, or pour water slowly from a glass or clear container. Seek professional attention immediately. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately. Then flush your eyes and seek professional help as described.

A blow to your face resulting in a black eye can be treated with cold compresses for about 15 minutes every hour. Your eye should be checked by your optometrist for internal damage. If the blow breaks your contact lenses, try to remove pieces of the lens immediately. Rinsing with water will help. Then call your Optometrist.

Do not try to treat a cut, laceration or penetrating eye injury. Do not flush the eye with water or put any medicine in the eye. If you are wearing a contact lens, don't try to remove it. Gently cover the eye with a bandage or gauze pad and go directly to your doctor or a nearby hospital.

Remember, the best way to treat eye injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Don't forget to be aware of potential eye hazards and wear appropriate eye protection.