See - very dramatic, yes :-)!
As the picture shows the fly hit not far below my eye, so I would have been fine, but trust me, I *was* wearing my sunglasses, because I always do. Always… For protection, because it’s pleasant and of course, because everyone looks cooler in a pair of sunglasses. Even at night (as in in the dark) I wear glasses - just a pair of cheap old (and not very cool, but it doesn’t matter because it’s dark) pair of cycling glasses that came with both tinted and clear lenses. Just wear them.
And on the subject of glasses… I have the clear ones and the brown ones i the PoD. And I have an additional pair in yellow for overcast days and evenings. The tinted ones are polarised of course - to take off the glare for the water’s surface, which can be straining on your eyes, and to better be able to spot fish. Some glasses are photochromic, which means that they darken and lighten slight as light intensifies or the opposite. These are very nice on lakes or in the salt. But they are slightly annoying in environments similar to on the above picture. The picture is from Norway (River Gaula) and in deep canyon-like environments like these, the photochromic lenses often “get confused”. If you look up, they darken, and then they’re a little too dark when you look down again, and the opposite. So, I simply have the two, brown and yellow, and they’re “static”.
Have a great weekend!