Classic advice – hands up (fence) and be ready to preempt.
I don’t know about the “poke the eyes advice!” Try doing this to a moving target – its not so easy. Going for the throat is also technically challenging. All the opponent has to do is tuck the chin and this is reflexive. I think my tweak to this would be (in Wing Chung parlance) to get a bridge (reflex) and then “take position”(aggressive instinct to attack the attack).