The loss of an eye can change your life forever and even prevent you from getting some jobs. Minor eye injuries can be very painful, and take months to heal. A serious eye injury could lead to the loss of vision, or even your entire eye. Most eye injuries can be prevented with controls such as following the safe work procedures, using the correct machine guards, and the use of personal protective equipment.Your employer is responsible for determining what type of eye protection you need to do your task safely. This might include safety glasses with or without side shields, or goggles with or without ventilation. Proper safety equipment can protect you from hazards that can injure or irritate your eyes.