Are you a prepper? Do you wear glasses? Then this article is for you!
I’ve been wearing glasses since I was a toddler. I have poor vision without glasses, though I can still kinda make out shapes, just not details, everything is blurry. For some, they may only need glasses when they read or may only need them when they drive. Or maybe need them simply because they’re getting older.
Whatever the case may be, we need to be prepared when it comes to our vision.
Let me tell you a quick tale of my brother. Long, long ago, he was on a solo camping trip. As he was leaving, he was crossing a creek and all of a sudden, BLAM, there goes his glasses into the creek. He looked for them for a bit, but couldn’t find them, no doubt was swept away by the water. Luckily, he had cell service and he was able to call my friend who had a car (I didn’t at the time) who could get him. He’s like me, his vision is blurry but can make out general shapes and could get to where he needed to go to meet us. We met him off the side of a road and picked him up.
That was a wake-up call to me that vision is essential, especially when you’re galavanting out in the woods.
Here are some tips that every prepper who wears glasses needs to know.
- Keep at least one extra pair in every kit. I keep an updated pair of glasses in every kit. I buy them cheap from places like Zenni.com. My everyday pair of glasses are from this website and they are just like any other glasses you’d get anywhere else. They’re durable and reliable. Highly recommended. You could also place your old glasses in your kits and buy a new pair from Zenni.com.
- Keep a cleaning cloth. Nothing is more annoying than dirty glasses and those microfiber cleaning cloths are the best thing to clean glasses with. Alcohol wipes also work to clean glasses, and they also have wipes made specifically to clean glasses which work pretty well. Plain water will do as well for those hard to clean spots.
- Get prescription sunglasses. In addition to regular glasses, I’d highly recommend either getting transition lenses (which can be more expensive) or just getting a cheap pair of prescription sunglasses to place in your kit(s). You want to keep your eyes from degrading and keeping them protected from the sun is part of that.
- Keep a repair kit. You can buy a repair kit from many dollar stores. And don’t forget the duct tape/gorilla tape. 🙂 Make sure your glasses aren’t loose by keeping the screws tight so you can prevent them falling off your face.
- Keep your prescription up-to-date. Get a yearly eye exam to keep your eyes healthy and prescription up-to-date. This is especially important for kids and older adults. Our eyes are always changing. Even if you didn’t need glasses before, you may as you get older. While an old prescription may be “good enough” to help you see, if your prescription has changed drastically, then having a severely outdated prescription could cause more harm than good (eye strain, headaches, etc).
BONUS: Take a multivitamin. There are a lot of studies that are coming out that taking a regular multivitamin can help keep our eyes strong.
BONUS #2: If you plan to carry contacts with you in your kits, make sure you have plenty of solution and a backup pair of contacts in all of your kits, along with the contacts container.
BONUS #3: To prevent your glasses from falling off your face even more than just keeping the screws tight, you could get something like a glasses strap. They aren’t nerdy, they may just very well save your sight!
Do everything you can now to keep your eyes healthy and to stay prepared to keep your sight during an emergency or disaster.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!