Whether it is a quick weekend getaway or a long vacation, you need to plan perfectly to ensure nothing comes in your way to spoil your time out.
This includes planning for your contact lenses as well if you have one.
After all, you don’t want to miss those wonderful sights during your travel or pose with your glasses on.
With that said, we do admit that using and taking care of contact lenses isn’t easy, let alone taking it along for travel.
In addition to the common contact lens hygiene, you also need to ensure that you take special care like packing it properly and protecting it from dust while traveling.
Since we at Redheal are a stickler for proper eye care, here are 10 tips to travel comfortably with your contact lenses.
1. Carry-on lenses, solution
First things first. Pack your contact lenses, solution, and also handy glasses, just in case if you might need them.
Have these packed safely in your carry-on bag so that they are easily accessible to you whenever you need them.
Like in the case of traveling by air. The dry air in the planes tends to dry out your eyes easily. In such cases, you will have an option to remove them easily.
2. Daily disposables
If you are the kind of person who is not patient enough to carry along all the paraphernalia, you may want to consider taking along daily disposables.
Daily disposable contact lenses are worn for a day and can be disposed of at the end of the day. This cut downs the need to clean the cases or carry bottles of solutions along.
However, do make sure that you have a proper prescription from your eye doctor.
3. Water, a big no-no
At no point, should you get into the water with your contact lenses on, especially if you are planning to get into a public pool.
Swimming pools can harbor viruses and bacteria that can get in between your eyes and contact lens, which can cause a fungal infection like keratitis or pink eye.
This can further develop into a serious issue that might require a corneal transplant or even loss of vision.
So, remember to remove your contacts before getting into the water.
4. Carry extra solution
Carry extra solutions for emergencies as you never know when you might run out of it and where you might find an extra bottle while traveling.
If you are traveling by air, do remember to declare at the checkpoint if you are carrying more solutions than the given allowance.
Pro tip: If you are traveling by air, make sure you squeeze out the air from the bottles before packing them along with your luggage. As the air expands under high pressure, removing it will ensure the bottle does not leak due to cabin pressure.
5. Do not miss your cleaning routine
No matter how tired you are with your traveling, do not miss cleaning your contacts and the case daily.
Also, wash your hands before taking them out or putting them on. For more information on maintaining a good cleansing routine of your contact lenses, check this article.
6. Take along your prescription
Bring along your contact lens prescription for emergencies like losing all your contact lenses while Travelling. In such cases, you will be able to get a new pair with your prescription.
Contact lens prescription can be used to get a new pair in any country you travel to. That being said, make sure that your prescription is up to date at the time of travel.
If it has been a while since you got your prescription, we encourage you to get a new one after getting your eyes examined by your eye doctor.
7. Have your glasses at hand
Do take along your glasses as well, because you never know when you might need them. It will come in handy when you run out of the solution or lose your contacts.
8. Do not transfer solution to another bottle
You might be tempted to transfer the solution to another smaller bottle to make it easy for packing or due to travel restrictions. However, refrain from doing so, as this will compromise the sterility of the solution. Instead, purchase smaller size solution bottles.
9. Do not neglect your eyes
While traveling, if you notice that one or both your eyes have become red, blurry, or painful while having the contact lenses on, immediately remove them and use glasses untill you get your eyes checked by a doctor.
However, do not throw those contacts away as your doctor might want to test the cultures from your contacts to decipher the issue.
10. Not all contact lenses are suitable for you
If you lose your contact lenses while traveling and do not have another pair or the prescription with you, do not just buy any contact lens you find on the street.
Never buy contact lenses unless it is prescribed to you.
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