When you’re on vacation, protecting your eye health is just as important as it is when you’re at home. Eye injuries can occur on vacation that may require immediate treatment. Your contact lenses or glasses can become lost or damaged while on vacation. You may even experience problems with your vision while you’re away from home. In order to make sure your eyes and vision remain as healthy as possible while on vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Always Bring an Extra Pair of Corrective Lenses
It never fails that disaster will strike while you’re on vacation. Either you’ll lose your contacts or your glasses or they will get broken and then your whole vacation is ruined because you can’t see anything clearly. You could always try to find an ophthalmologist or optometrist that works extremely fast, but chances are you’re not going to get lucky enough to find one that will be able to rescue your vacation.
To avoid these vacation-ruining mishaps, always be sure to bring an extra pair of contacts or glasses, or even contacts and glasses. That way if something happens to one, you’ll always have the other to hold you over until you get back home.
See an Ophthalmologist Immediately
If you hurt your eye or start experiencing eye pain or problems, you may think it’ll be okay if you wait until you get back home to see your ophthalmologist, but this is a mistake you shouldn’t make. Putting off seeing an eye doctor to treat an injury or other eye problems can be detrimental to your eye health. You may develop infections in your eye or damage your eyesight, possibly permanently.
If you are in a situation where you are scheduling an eye appointment with your eye doctor back home while on your vacation, you should hang up the phone and find an eye doctor near where you are. Get medical treatment as soon as possible while on your trip. You can always schedule a follow up visit with your eye doctor back home if you are dead set on seeing him or her, but also make that call to see a local one right away.
Don’t Clean Your Contacts with Water
Be sure to always store your contacts in a contacts case with sterile contact lens solution. Never use water to clean or store your contacts in because water is not sterile, especially if you are visiting another country because sometimes there may be bacteria present in the water that can cause problems with your eyes, such as infections.
Take Extra Prescription Eye Drops
If you have a condition that requires prescription eye drops, always take at least one extra bottle with you so you have it if you lose one or run out while on your trip. If you are visiting another country, you may not have any luck getting a prescription from the United States filled, so always be sure to have extra with you in case you need it.
Don’t Ignore Vision Changes
If you notice any kind of changes in your vision while you are on vacation, don’t ignore them. Find a local eye doctor and have your eyes examined right away. Even if there isn’t pain accompanying the vision changes, that doesn’t mean it’s not something serious, so don’t push off visiting the eye doctor until you get home. Things like retinal detachment are extremely serious, but pain isn’t always a symptom. See an eye doctor right away just to be on the safe side.
Vision changes can also be signs of other health disorders and illnesses, such as diabetes. If left untreated, the problem will only worsen. For instance, if you have diabetes and you don’t know it, you may begin to experience changes in your vision that are due to extremely elevated blood sugars which, if not treated and brought down to normal levels, can lead to even more serious health consequences.
Wear Sunglasses and Hats
No matter where you are vacationing, you should always wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, as well as hats with wide brims, to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Many people don’t think about the fact that their eyes are just as susceptible to damage from the sun as their skin is. Even if it’s a cloudy dreary day, the UVA and UVB rays can still cause damage to your eyes.
The sun reflecting off of surfaces such as water, snow, sand, and other objects can also cause damage to your eyes. Be sure the sunglasses you wear offer UVA and UVB protection and that they wrap around the sides of your face to protect the sun from damaging your eyes from the sides.
Take Your Vitamins
When vacationing, many people forget about things like taking their daily vitamins or eating properly, but you should be sure to take vitamins that promote good eye health, such as our Ocu-Plus Formula that contains 17 different vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that will keep your eyes healthy and strong.
Enjoy Your Vacation
Aside from making sure your eyes stay protected while on your vacation, you should also remember to have fun and enjoy your time away from home. Have a phone number handy for a local eye doctor and even hospitals in case of emergencies, but then go out and see the sights and make memories.