Many years ago while hunting an area I was very familiar with I scratched my eye with a thorn. The pain was so tremendous it brought me to my knees (found out later at the hospital I had scratched my cornea). I held a clean handkerchief over my injured eye but the tears were so profuse in my other eye I basically couldn't see. What saved me in finding my way out of the woods was my compass. Because even though it was daylight and I was in a very familiar area, I had to walk blind only able to squint periodically with my non-injured eye at my compass. I never go into the woods without a comp [no swearing please] and a clean handkerchief. BTY - never bring a white handkerchief, especially in a gun hunting area, someone may mistake it for a whitetail. I'm glad everything worked out for you.