6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Eyes While Traveling

  
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May 13, 2019, by Bard Optical

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Whether it’s a grand trek across Europe or a monthly business trip, traveling can be an exciting experience.

The last thing we usually consider when planning our getaway is how the different parts of our travel will affect our eyes.

From dry, dirty airports to harmful UV rays and varying weather conditions, here are six tips to keep your eyes protected on your next trip.

 

1. Be Mindful Of Your Time In The Sun

If you are going to be in a sunny environment for an extended period of time, wear sunglasses and other protective clothing.

Also, remember that even if the day is cloudy, the sun’s rays can still pass through and cause damage.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that overexposure to sunlight can cause cataracts, AMD, and even cancer.

 

2. Wear Appropriate Eyewear

Speaking of time in the sun, make sure that your eyewear blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays. UV rays can be especially powerful at higher altitudes, so it is imperative that your sunglasses block those harmful rays.

Always be aware that just because your sunglasses are colored or extremely dark, does not guarantee that they are the most protective. You should check the level of protection of your sunglasses before you buy.

 

3. Avoid Dry Eye Irritation

Airports and hotels are designed to drain moisture from the air, creating a dry environment for your eyes.

Use eye drops and any other over-the-counter medications to combat dry eyes.

Wear sunglasses to protect against wind, which can dry out your eyes and push dust and debris into them.

 

4. Keep Your Eyes Clean

When traveling, it can be enticing to relax and neglect taking care of your eyes by departing from your usual eye care routine.

For instance, always be sure to wash all cosmetics off before going to bed. Sleeping with heavy amounts of mascara or eyeliner can cause infections and damage your eyes.

 

5. Drink Water

Protecting against dry eyes is about keeping your eyes hydrated.

Don’t forget to drink the normal amount of water while on vacation, which is classified as being about 12 cups per day.

If you are drinking alcohol, you will probably want to drink even more than than that to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.

 

6. Come Prepared

Last, but certainly not least, always bring a backup pair of glasses and contacts.

It’s never fun to be stranded in unfamiliar territory without glasses because an accident caused them to disappear.

It’s also a good idea to prepare for dry eyes by packing eye drops and allergy/cold medication.

While traveling can be fun, it comes with a plethora of risks, and your eyes are no exception.

Don’t ruin your next fun adventure because your eyes are bothering you, prepare yourself and stay informed on the dangers of not protecting your eyes

Keeping your eyes healthy will help you see the world the way you want to and keep you distraction free to enjoy your time away.

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