Protecting Your Eyes in The Wilderness (With Video)
The human eye is sensitive to intense light, because it damages the retina and can even blind the individual. If this happens in the field you are in big trouble. Nothing is more debilitating than an eye injury. The brightness of the sun can trigger massive headaches or migraines, which in turn can cause nausea and vomiting. If you are short on water all of these things together can cause death or at the lest serious injury.
The most common form of eye protection against light are sunglasses. These primarily protect against ultraviolet light from the sun and help increase visibility in bright conditions. If sun glasses are not available, darkening underneath your eyes with charcoal or dirt. Cutting a slit in a piece of cloth, or tying a piece of mylar from an emergency blanket around your head over your eyes will also work.
Clear glasses only protect the eyes from flying objects such as wood chips and stone fragments. When in the field this too can be a major problem. Partially or completely loosing your sight when in the wilderness is again a deadly combination do yourself a favor and pack a pair of safety glasses if you intend on doing a good deal of chopping, flint napping etc. At best if medical help in not close at hand you could actually lose your eye.
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