I leave my safety glasses next to my maul and try to make it a practice to wear them whenever I split wood. I've got gashes in my legs and cuts on my hands. That, I can live with. But, too many chips have bounced off my cheeks for me not to protect my eyes. Once the glasses are on and I start splitting, I don't even know I'm wearing them. I think Harbor Freight sells them for $1.99.