It’s great news that travel is back on! The travel industry is really heating up again, with people jetting off to all kinds of destinations.
Have you thought about how you’ll protect your eyes while on vacation? Tired, dry, and itchy eyes can be a real bummer. Before you zip up your suitcase, read our tips to keep your eyes comfortable and clear while away from home. We’ve got a list of everything you need to see the sights while feeling your best!
Sunglasses are your ultimate travel accessory, no matter where you go. So much more than a fashion statement, sunglasses provide vital protection for your eyes in sunny, windy, and high glare situations. Whether you’re enjoying the beach or skiing the slopes, make sure your sunnies are close at hand.
Opt for sunglasses that provide superior UVA and UVB protection. Prolonged exposure to harmful rays can lead to conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Pack your sunglasses and protect your sight for all of your future adventures.
Consider choosing a pair of sunglasses with wraparound frames. These offer additional coverage and protection from peripheral sunlight and dust. They’re particularly good if your destination includes beaches or desert exploration.
2. Eyewear for sports, activities, and extreme environments
If your travel plans involve sports or outdoor activities, make sure you’ve packed specialized protective eyewear. Activities like swimming, skiing, and cycling can expose your eyes to various risks. Protective goggles or sports-specific eyewear can ensure clear vision anywhere. They also prevent injuries while away from home, making your travel activities worry-free.
If you’re a particularly adventurous traveller venturing into extreme environments, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions. For instance, in desert regions, sand and dust can pose significant risk to your eyes. Wraparound sunglasses or goggles with dust seals are essential.
At high altitudes, UV radiation is more intense. Look for sunglasses with high UV protection so your eyes are protected from harmful rays. When swimming in chlorine or saltwater, protect your eyes from irritants by wearing a mask or goggles to prevent water from entering your eyes.
3. Contact lenses
While a lot of our patients find glasses comfortable and convenient, there’s no denying that contact lenses offer even more flexibility while on the go. You’ll be able to wear whatever sunglasses or goggles your activities require while still maintaining excellent vision from morning ’til night.
It’s important to pay special attention to good hygiene practices while travelling, though. You’ll want to take every precaution to avoid getting dirt or debris into your eyes. We recommend carrying extra contact lenses, a lens case, and multipurpose solution to avoid potential disruptions to your vision during your trip.
A convenient solution is to opt for daily disposables while travelling. These lenses eliminate the need for cleaning and provide a fresh pair for you to wear daily, making them a convenient solution for travellers.
4. Eye drops and lubricants
Most travellers are familiar with that dry feeling you get after spending too much time on a plane. It can affect both your skin and your eyes, even long after you’ve disembarked. Travelling to different climates and environments can also have a big impact on your eye comfort.
Protect yourself from dry, dusty or humid conditions (and the resulting eye irritation) by packing lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes refreshed and comfortable. Toss one bottle into your carry-on luggage for use while on the plane, and another to carry with you at your destination.
5. Blue light glasses
The use of digital devices can cause extra strain for our eyes. If yours is a constant companion during travel, you might notice that prolonged screen time leads to digital eye strain. This can cause symptoms like dryness, discomfort, and blurred vision—no fun at all, especially while on vacation.
To alleviate the issues associated with screen use, consider packing a pair of blue light blocking glasses, especially if you expect to spend more time than usual using your devices. Make sure you also take regular breaks from screens to rest your eyes. A good rule of thumb is to use the 20-20-20 rule, looking at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes of screen time. (If you’re travelling with kids, make them follow this same rule while they occupy themselves with digital games and activities on the go).
6. Hydration and nutrition
Travelling is a great time to stray from our regular diet and try new things, but proper hydration is crucial to maintaining your eye comfort. While away from home, pay attention to how much water you drink each day. Getting enough fluids can help to prevent dry eyes and maintain the balance of fluids in your eyes. Additionally, a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids is good for optimal eye health, so make sure you take in at least a few nutritious meals in between all the treats. Snacks like fruit, nuts, and seeds are eye-healthy and satisfying while on the move.
7. Gear for kids
If you’re travelling with children, protecting their eyes is just as important as protecting your own. Children should have their own sunglasses with good UV protection, along with a wide-brimmed hat for additional sun shielding.
If your child wears prescriptive eyewear, it’s always best to pack a spare pair of glasses when travelling. That way, if you lose a pair or leave one behind in a hotel, your child will still be able to see clearly for the rest of your trip and not suffer from unpleasant symptoms like headaches or blurred vision.
Being able to travel again has reopened our eyes to the world around us, but don’t forget to take precautions to protect your vision while away from home. Before embarking on your journey, consider scheduling an eye exam with your optometrist. We can assess your current eye health, update your prescription if needed, and provide tailored recommendations for eye care during your trip
While you immerse yourself in the wonders of travel, prioritize the health and wellbeing of your eyes. Remember to pack the right eyewear and maintain proper eye hygiene to ensure that you see the sights comfortably and clearly. Bon voyage!