While many people understand that ultraviolet rays can damage the eyes, they don't always think to wear the proper sunglasses to prevent harmful UV rays from reaching their eyes. In addition, proper safety goggles are also a forgotten item when going about such common chores as mowing the lawn or working on the car. The National Eye Institute urges everyone to wear sunglasses that offer 99 percent protection against UV rays when out in the sunlight. Protecting your eyes now with sunglasses may help decrease your risk of cataracts in the future. And safety goggles should be on your checklist when prepping to do any yard work, home improvements or mechanic work because they either reduce the severity of eye injuries or eliminate them altogether. If you are in doubt as to what protective eye wear best suits your needs, you can consult your eye care professional.