As the long-awaited April holidays approach, many of us are getting ready for road trips and holiday travels. Taking care of our eyes during this time is never really a priority, but eye care should never be neglected, especially during long road trips when our eyes are exposed to extended drive time, harsh UV rays and lights. Wearing the right type of lenses to suit this environment is imperative, and as such, Vision Works is sharing their Top 5 eye care tips for travel:
Keep Your Eyes Clean – After a long day or night of travelling, it is never a good idea to fall asleep with contacts or cosmetics on. Eyes are more likely to be susceptible to infection and soreness if they are not cleaned. Carry makeup remover with you, as well as a bottle of eye drops to help relieve your weary eyes.
Wear Proper Sunglasses – Protecting your eyes from the sun does not mean only doing so while outside in the sun; this should also be a consideration while you are driving on the roads as well. UV rays shine down year round and can affect your eyes negatively. To combat this, invest in good quality polarised lenses.
Care for Contacts Properly – The last thing you want to do is go on a trip with a pair of contacts that should have been thrown away two months ago. Before you begin your travels, make sure you have new contacts or enough replacements for your disposable lenses. Be sure to have a backup pair of glasses with you as well, just so you have the choice of giving your eyes a break if needed. Because you’ll be away from your normal routine, make sure that you do extra diligence to remember when to switch out old contacts for a new set.
Bring Your Prescription – This really is a big pre-planning step that many travelers do not think of when it comes to caring for their eyes. If you bring your prescription with you, then you are one-step ahead of the game if you lose your contacts or break your glasses.
Drink Water – Keeping your eyes properly hydrated is accomplished through adequate consumption of water. For long stretches of travel, it is essential to get enough fluids to counter the effects of air-cons while traveling. If you will be treating yourself to some alcoholic beverages, you are going to need to drink even more water to keep your eyes properly hydrated. Otherwise, your eyes will begin feeling sticky, your vision will begin blurring, and you may start feeling like there is sandpaper in there. Taking good care of your eyes begins with staying properly hydrated.
As your focus is on relaxation and fun with family and friends, the last thing one needs is eye irritation to detract from the happiness of your holiday. Take these five precautions to ensure that you make the most of Easter’s festivities.
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