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Eye Care Travel Tips

During the summer months, we Canadians tend to pack in as much fun and adventure as possible, making the most of our country’s fresh air and beautiful scenery or exploring in countries beyond. No matter where the journey takes you this summer, make sure to be vision-prepared and pack all the essentials you’ll need to keep your eyes healthy and happy. Check out our helpful packing list suggestions


When travelling by air

Eye mask.
Making sure you maintain adequate sleep patterns even when you’re away from home will reduce the risk of eye fatigue. Lack of sleep and eye strain can lead to irritated, sore, dry, and watery eyes, disturbances in your vision, and sometimes an increase in sensitivity to light.


Hard shell glasses case.
A solid hard case will protect your glasses. Remember, even if you carefully place your glasses in your carry-on bag, it can be crushed by someone else’s luggage, especially if the bags in the overhead storage bin shift around during the flight.


Contacts lens case.

Carry on your lens case. Sometimes, the dry air on planes can make lens wear uncomfortable, so it’s good to have the option to remove them.


Travel-sized cleaning solution/contact lens solution.
Remember to squeeze half-used bottles of solution before flying. Because air expands but water doesn’t, containers of liquid compress and expand with changes in pressure. By squeezing out excess air before packing, it will help prevent leakage caused by the increased pressure inside the cabin.


Moisturizing eye drops.
Protect your eyes from redness, dryness, and itchiness caused by stagnant cabin air with cleansing and refreshing eye-drop solution.


Lens cleaning kit.

Glasses naturally loosen over time. By bringing your do-it-yourself repair kit, you can remedy any slipping frames until you get home and an optician can fix the problem. Don’t forget to remove any pointed objects such as the mini screwdiver that comes in most kits from your carry-on before arriving at the airport – you can pack it with your check-in bags.


Personal entertainment device or tablet.

Take a break to let your eyes rest. Follow the 20-20-20 rule while on long flights (every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away).


If you’re limited on space in your carry on, opt for a bottle of water over juice or coffee. Water can calm down hunger pangs, and prevent you from becoming dehydrated if you’re at the back of the plane and last to receive food and beverage service – or on flights without an on-board food/beverage service.


When camping or travelling by land


Personal device (phone).
An integral piece of technology to keep you in the loop, update others on your travel status, and most importantly, and help get you to where you’re going with navigational aids. When you’re on the road, ensure your batteries are charged. In many cases if you leave a major network service area, your phone may run low on battery as it constantly searches for coverage. Keep in mind the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away), taking break from your personal device to give your eyes a rest.


The best sunglass type for driving and spending time outdoors are lenses that are polarized, which reduce glare and enhance sharp features.

Sunglass strap or lanyard.

You don’t want to lose your sunglasses on your trip, especially if they are prescription. Attaching a lanyard or strap can keep them close at hand and in place during active situations.


This is the only way to go when you want to see the world from a distance. Be mindful of your surroundings when using binoculars and don’t walk while looking through the lenses.


Plan your route and rest stops accordingly. Frequent stretching can prevent varicose veins from forming and even muscle degeneration in your eyes.


Hand sanitizer.
You need clean hands for safe removal of contact lenses. To prevent burning your eyes after sanitizing, dip whatever fingers you use to remove your contacts with in a small amount of water or lens solution.


Disposable contacts.
Daily disposable lenses make for an easier, hassle-free way to enjoy wearing contacts when travelling. With these lenses, you just throw them away at night and start with a brand new lens in the morning.


Trail Mix.
Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin E and minerals such as zinc. These nutrients help keep your eyes healthy and may decrease your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.


When travelling to the sea


Sunglasses and strap or lanyard.
You don’t want to lose your sunglasses on your trip, especially if they are prescription. Attaching a lanyard or strap can keep them close at hand and in place during active situations.


If you’re a glasses wearer, consider getting prescription swim goggles. Not only can you transition easily from prescription sunglasses to underwater protection, you won’t miss a thing under the surface.


Contact lens case.
Be cognizant that you may need to remove your contacts should you be planning on jumping into water. Swimming with contact lenses should be avoided whenever possible to help prevent bacterial contamination of your eye, which can result in eye infections, irritation, and potentially sight-threatening conditions such as a corneal ulcer.


Hat or umbrella.
Even if the sun isn’t shining directly into your eyes, bright flashes of sun can damage the retina in a short period of time.


Sun reflects more intensely on water, increasing UV exposure damage to your eyes and skin.


Pack an easy to carry orange, which contains vitamin C. The vitamin contributes to healthy blood vessels in your eyes. It can combat the development of cataracts, and in combination with other vitamins and nutrients, age-related macular degeneration.


Bottle of water.
Stay hydrated with drinkable water. When the body is not adequately hydrated, organs, including the eyes, suffer.


Swim cap or hair elastic.
Keep your hair out of your eyes and have clear sight when active in and around the water.


Stop by your local Visique clinic to pick up some of these travel items.