Whether you’re dreaming of skiing on the fresh powder in Vail or reading a book under a palm tree in Mexico, now’s a popular time of year for a quick getaway. Amongst the excitement of packing, it may be easy to forget about your eye care needs when traveling. We have you covered with these few tips!
If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, be sure your medication supply will last through your trip. If you need additional medications, contact your pharmacy well in advance to request an additional refill.
Especially for patients battling Dry Eye, bring a small bottle (3 ounces or less!) of Artificial Tears on the plane. Airplane cabins tend to be very dry and can really take a toll on your eyes. Artificial tears will likely come in handy once you reach your destination as well, as some new environments can pose new challenges (such as windy, sandy beaches or cold mountain air).
Drinking plenty of water is recommended across the board, but staying hydrated while traveling is especially important for patients with Dry Eye. Dry Eye symptoms unfortunately get worse with dehydration, so drink plenty of that refreshing H20!
If you’re a contact lens wearer, it’s smart to bring an extra set of contacts with, and of course a pair of back-up glasses. Many patients choose to wear their glasses on the plane to reduce any possible irritation from the dry airplane cabin, and switch into their contacts upon arrival at their destination.
NEVER, EVER swim in your contacts. Wearing your contacts while in the pool, ocean, hot tub and even the shower can be very dangerous and puts you at risk for eye infections, irritation and even vision-threatening conditions such as Acanthamoeba Keratitis. If you do wear your contacts in the water, be sure your swim goggles are airtight.
If you happen to loose or forget your contact lens solution, do not use tap water to clean or store your contacts. Check with the hotel front desk to see where you can find or purchase some solution as using regular tap water poses the same risks as listed above.
Wear Eye Protection
It’s no surprise that we recommend wearing eye protection while out in the sunshine and elements. Sunglasses should have UV protection and we recommend wearing them even if it’s a cloudy day. Don’t forget the kiddos -they need eye protection just as much (if not more!) than we do. Many Ski Goggles also come with UV protection, offering a shield against the all-too dangerous UV rays and snow blindness.
Seek Help When Needed
We realize it may not be ideal to spend a piece of your vacation visiting the eye doctor, but if eye troubles arise, please don’t hesitate to seek help. Waiting until you get home to address an eye injury or eye problems could be harmful to your vision.