Why Eye Protection is Good

Tonight, during racquetball, I noticed that my goggles were fogging up alot more than usual. Normally, they don't fog up that much and if they do, I can wipe them out and they'll be clear for quite awhile longer. Tonight they were fogging up constantly. I couldn't see out of them. I noticed that the rubber nosepiece was missing. It probably fell off in the car, and that's probably what was causing all the fog problems.

So then I did a very regarded thing. I decided to take off my goggles and play without them. I mean really, I always wear my goggles and rarely get hit. What are the odds of me getting hit while I've got them off? Well, apparently, the odds are 1:1. Not 10 minutes after I take them off, I get drilled hard directly in my right eye with the ball.

This is after holding ice on it for 20 minutes. It looks alot better here than it did when it first happened. It was much more swollen at first. I'm sorry I didn't think to take a picture then, but my mind was just on other things at the moment. Like being extremely thankful that this didn't happen. WARNING: Click that link at your own risk.
Anyway, I'm sure I'll get a black eye, and I don't mind that at all, if that's the extent of the injury.
If I do, I'll be sure to take a picture of it and add it here.
I am never playing without my goggles again, and I urge everyone else to do the same. If you don't want to, then please DO LOOK at this pic because it could very easily happen to anyone.
I'd even go so far as to say I won't play with you if you aren't wearing eye protection. People take their vision for granted far too often, and it could easily be lost faster than a speeding racquetball.
Lastly, here's a few links showing why racquetballs are especially dangerous to eyes. Please, take a look.
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