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Whether you're on the basketball court, in chemistry class, or sitting by the pool, wearing protective eyewear is the best way to keep your eyes healthy and injury-free. In fact, the majority of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protective eyewear. Check out the list of activities below to see what you need to protect your eyes.

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Play basketball or soccer?

Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

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Going for a bike ride?

Always wear a helmet. You'll also want sunglasses or glasses with clear lenses to protect your eyes from the wind and any bugs.

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Play baseball?

If you're up to bat, wear a helmet with an attached faceguard. If you're fielding, wear sports goggles.

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Swimming or playing water sports?

Wear swim goggles to protect your eyes from dirt, germs and bacteria, and pool chemicals.

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Spending time in the sun?

Wear your sunglasses. They protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can damage your eyes. Pick sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.

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Are you a paintball pro?

Always wear your paintball goggles or mask.

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Play ice hockey?

You need a face mask or polycarbonate guard that's attached to a helmet.

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Are you a football player?

Always wear your helmet with an attached face shield.

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Play lacrosse?

Girls need protective goggles but have the option to wear headgear with full face protection. Boys are required to wear a helmet with a full face mask. So are goalies, regardless of whether you're a boy or a girl.

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Into field hockey?

Goalies need helmets with a full face mask. All other players should wear sports goggles. Girls' lacrosse goggles also work for field hockey.

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Into a racquet sport like squash or racquetball?

Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

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Mowing the lawn?

Pick up trash or anything that could fly into your eyes while mowing, and remember to wear safety goggles.

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Using chemicals in chemistry class?

Look like a real scientist by wearing your splash-proof goggles or safety glasses. You can also wear these when using cleaning products at home.

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Do you fence?

You need to wear a wire mesh mask so your whole face is protected.

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Last updated: June 26, 2019