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Eye Protection for Work and Sports

Overview

Many types of protective eyewear are available. Lenses in the eyewear come in a variety of thicknesses. The thickness of lenses you need to wear depends on your activities and any eye conditions you have.

The lenses in these glasses or goggles should be made from polycarbonate. These lenses can be prescription or nonprescription. Safety goggles may be worn over regular eyeglasses. Face shield and helmet combinations are available that can be used in contact sports.

People with only one functional eye should wear sports eye protectors under their sport face mask (such as a football helmet) for added protection.

Credits

Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

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