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Your eyes are delicate. That’s why your body has built-in ways to protect them. Here’s how:

Our eyes lie in boney sockets that protect them

Your eyes lie in boney sockets that protect them from getting hit.

Eyebrows help shield your eyes

Eyebrows help shield your eyes from bright light.

Eyelids close to keep harmful objects out

Eyelids close to keep harsh light and harmful objects out. Eyelids also keep moisture in.

Eyelashes help catch dust

Eyelashes help catch dust and derbis before they get into your eyes.

Tears help keep the eyes moist

Tears help keep the eyes moist. Tears also help wash away things that can irritate your eyes.

Blinking helps keep your eyes from getting too dry

Blinking helps keep your eyes from getting too dry. Remember to blink while you read or work on your computer.

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Last updated: June 26, 2019