Whether you’re traveling a short distance or overseas, it’s important to be aware of the things that you can do to protect your eyes in various conditions.
Bring an Extra Pair of Eyeglasses
Always carry an extra pair of prescription glasses wherever you go. This will save you from the trouble of finding a reputable provider of eyeglasses in other countries. Nevertheless, bring a copy of your latest eyeglass or contact lens prescription, too, just in case you need it. If you’re taking eye medications, make sure to pack extra and bring written copies of the prescription in the event that you’re stopped by Customs.
Do Not Rub Dry or Irritated Eyes
Dryness and irritation are common issues among travelers. Airline and air conditioned air can be extremely dry so you might want to bring artificial teardrops to use during the flight. This will keep your eyes moist and help you avoid red and tired-looking eyes. Never rub your eyes as this can aggravate the irritation.
If you’re headed to a place that gets a lot of sun exposure, ensure that you have a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you’re mountain climbing or you will be exposed to snow, you should have the right type of eye protection for those conditions. You can ask your eye doctor about this to make sure that you’re prepared for your trip.
Do Not Self-Diagnose Eye Infections
Never self-diagnose an eye infection. If you have a red, painful eye that does not seem to get better, see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Take precautions, and treat your eye infection as contagious. Do not share towels or any personal items with your travel companions.
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