Other than sunglasses most people don’t think about their eyes when traveling. Sure, contact lens wearers pack their kit. And if there is a problem it isn’t a serious problem, right? Actually, no. Small problems can become big problems. Countries do not clean their water the same others. Contacts can lock new exposures to your eyeball. Some quick tips that can make a big different are below.
Do: Double your pairs and pack your backups
This applies to sunglasses as well. Especially if they are prescription sunglasses. Keep in mind that in some countries it may not be so easy to get a replacement prescription set.
Don’t: Wait to See an Eye Care Professional
There is a lot to see when traveling. Why not see it as best as you can? Your vision does change, and it could be clearer when you take in the sights. Another reason to not wait is after an incident when traveling. If your eye gets scratched, then immediately see a professional. A scratch can quickly turn into an ulcer.
Do: Bring extra prescription drops
Getting prescriptions in other countries is sometimes more difficult. Taking backups is always the safest. Having your drops in your carry on and packed luggage is a great way to make sure you have the drops you need if your bags don’t make it when you do. Let your eye care team know before you travel for extended times to discuss your possible needs. For more information on flying with eye drops refer to the TSA page: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/eye-drops
Don’t: Use water to clean your contacts
Always travel with saline solution. Always travel with a backup bottle of solution. Not all water is sterile so rinsing your contact lenses in that water can cause serious eye infections from bacteria.
Do: enjoy the scenery!