The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Contact Lenses

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Planning your next adventure? Traveling with contact lenses can be hassle-free with the right preparation and a few handy tips. Whether you’re embarking on a weekend getaway or a long-haul journey, maintaining your eye health while on the go is essential. In this ultimate guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to travel comfortably and confidently with your contact lenses.

Packing Essentials:

Before you hit the road, make sure you have all your essentials packed. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Contact Lens Case: Invest in a sturdy, leak-proof contact lens case to keep your lenses safe during travel. Opt for a case with compartments for your lenses and a built-in mirror for convenience.
  • Multipurpose Solution: Pack travel-sized bottles of multipurpose solution to clean and disinfect your lenses. Ensure they meet the TSA regulations for carry-on liquids.
  • Rewetting Drops: Long flights or road trips can lead to dry and irritated eyes. Keep rewetting drops handy to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable throughout your journey.
  • Travel-Sized Mirror: A compact mirror will come in handy when you need to remove or insert your lenses while on the move.
  • Spare Glasses and Contact Lenses: As a backup plan, always pack a pair of glasses and spare contact lenses in case you encounter any issues with your contact lenses during your trip.

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Maintaining Hygiene on the Go:

Remember these essential tips to keep your eyes healthy while traveling:

  • Wash Your Hands: Before handling your contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the transfer of dirt and bacteria to your eyes.
  • Use Disinfectant Wipes: When traveling, you may not always have access to soap and water. Carry disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces where you plan to handle your lenses.
  • Avoid Water Exposure: When showering or swimming, avoid water contact with your contact lenses to prevent the risk of eye infections.
  • Stick to Your Routine: While traveling, it’s essential to maintain your regular contact lens care routine. Clean and disinfect your lenses as you would at home to ensure optimal eye health. Be sure to take out your contact lenses while you sleep to minimize the risk of infections.

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Dealing with Potential Eye Irritation:

Take note of these tips to mitigate potential eye irritation while traveling:

  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate dry eyes, especially during travel. Drink plenty of water to keep your eyes hydrated and reduce discomfort.
  • Limit Screen Time: Prolonged screen time during travel can lead to digital eye strain. Take regular breaks and follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Protect Your Eyes: Shield your eyes from harsh sunlight and UV rays by wearing sunglasses with UV protection. This is especially important if you’re traveling to sunny destinations.
  • Remove Lenses if Irritated: If you experience persistent irritation or discomfort, remove your contact lenses and give your eyes a break. If the irritation persists, consult an eye care professional.

Traveling with contact lenses can enhance your travel experience, providing clear vision and convenience on the go. By packing the essential items, maintaining proper hygiene, and knowing how to deal with potential eye irritation, you can ensure a comfortable and worry-free journey. Remember, your eye health is paramount, so prioritize it throughout your travels. With these tips in mind, you’re all set to embark on your next adventure with confidence and clarity, thanks to your trusty contact lenses from Zenni. Safe travels!

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Alyssa Buchanan

Dr. Alyssa Buchanan is an optometrist based in Lubbock, Texas. She received her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and has practiced in various settings including Fort Cavazos where she provided eye care for deploying soldiers. Dr. Buchanan has since received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and continues to strive to provide top-notch eyecare and make a meaningful impact in the eyecare industry.