Eye Health and Travel: Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision on the Go

Jul 1, 2023 | Eye Health Info

Summer is here and many of us are eager to hit the road and explore new places. Whether you’re exploring a new city, lounging on the beach, or embarking on a long road trip, it’s important to take care of your eyes while on the go. In this blog, we’ll share some tips for maintaining healthy vision during your travels. 

Pack your eye care essentials 

Before you leave, make sure you have everything you need to take care of your eyes while traveling. This includes your prescription glasses or contact lenses, a spare pair of glasses or contacts, a bottle of lubricating eye drops, and any medications or supplements you take for your eyes. 

Protect your eyes from the sun 

When you’re outside, it’s important to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Wear sunglasses with UV protection and a hat with a brim to shade your eyes. If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, consider investing in a pair of wraparound sunglasses that provide even more coverage. 

Keep your eyes hydrated 

Long flights and car rides can be dehydrating, and that can take a toll on your eyes. To keep your eyes hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout your journey. If you wear contact lenses, consider using rewetting drops to keep them comfortable. 

Adjust your environment 

Whether you’re in a hotel room, on a plane, or in a car, take steps to adjust your environment to protect your eyes. For example, adjust the lighting to reduce glare and use a humidifier to keep the air moist. 

Avoid eye strain 

Whether you’re reading on your e-reader, watching movies on your tablet, or working on your laptop, it’s easy to strain your eyes when you’re traveling. To avoid eye strain, make sure your device is positioned at a comfortable distance and angle, and take frequent breaks to look away and focus on something in the distance. 

Don’t overdo it  

Finally, don’t overdo it while traveling. It can be tempting to cram as much activity as possible into your trip, but too much screen time or too little sleep can take a toll on your eyes. Make sure to get plenty of rest and take breaks when needed. 

By following these tips, you can help maintain healthy vision while on the go. Remember to also schedule regular eye exams with your eye doctor to ensure your eyes are ready for all your future adventures.  

Looking for eye care tips before you leave on vacation? Contact our team to learn more about keeping your eyes safe while you travel. Wishing you safe travels!