What is the importance of eye protection?

Protection of your functioning eye is very important. At any age, proper eye protection should be worn at all times — during work (at your job and at home, especially when mowing the lawn), play, sports or hobbies. Children especially should be taught the importance of protecting their functioning eye and avoiding unnecessary risks.
For everyday protection, you should wear impact-resistant spectacles with sturdy, non-breakable frames. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended because they are the strongest and most durable (though still not 100 percent shatterproof). Impact-resistant eyeglasses can be made in many attractive styles.
Protective eyewear should be worn for the remainder of your life, even if no prescription is necessary for the correction of vision. Contact lenses alone are inadequate because they do not offer enough protection from injury.

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