- Jun 20, 2014I now carry super light throw-away sunglasses that my eye doctor hands out after dilating your pupils.Why? I was doing the Rae Lakes loop a few years ago in October. I stopped for a break in thick forest. Hung my sunglasses on a branch. And I forgot all about them. 3-4 miles later when I got out of the forest I remembered but I didn't want to backtrack. So I toughed it out. I went over Glen Pass which had received a dusting of incredibly bright snow.I ended up frying my corneas. Very painful. No permanent damage.Now I bring spares! In a pinch you can also use doubled duct tape and cut slits into it. You definitely need to do something, the sun can and will damage your eyes.
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