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Vacation Tips for Healthy Eyes

June 29, 2018

School is over, summer is finally here, and that means that family vacations and fun trips are ahead! Before you leave town, Sussex Eye Center wants to make sure you are prepared to keep your eyes healthy on your upcoming trip!

Don't Leave Your Eyes Behind

While you might not think of them as travel necessities, a spare pair of glasses and contacts are essential for making sure your eyes are prepared to take on the sites of your trip. Nothing can ruin a vacation like a broken pair of glasses or a lost contact lens. Even if you normally wear only contact lenses, a spare pair of glasses comes in handy if you rip or lose a contact lens.

Bring a physical copy of your glasses and contact lens prescriptions. If you are traveling to a place where you can get a replacement, these will come in handy. If your prescription has expired, schedule an eye exam before leaving town to make sure you have a valid copy. Worried about losing the prescription in your luggage? Take a picture on your smart phone - that way, even if you lose your luggage, you will have the information you need to replace your eye-wear in a pinch.

Stock Up On TSA-Approved Supplies

In addition to bringing contact lens solution, it is a good idea to have artificial tears on hand. During a flight, the low humidity and change in cabin pressure can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated. Artificial tears are also helpful for long car rides with the air conditioning blowing in your face, or even just for after activities like swimming, golfing, or hiking.

Don't Forget Your Shades

Whether you are embarking on a beach vacation or a skiing adventure, sunglasses are a must-have on your packing list. We recommended looking for glasses labeled UV 400, which block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Bringing a wide brimmed hat or visor is also helpful for shielding the sun from your eyes for maximum coverage.

Need more glasses or contact lenses for your upcoming trip? Due for your annual eye exam? Contact Sussex Eye Center today to schedule an appointment!