You don’t want poor vision to get in the way of you enjoying your vacation. That’s why you need to pack contact lenses properly before you leave. There are a number of preparations to make so you don’t hit any roadblocks or find yourself with blurry or weak vision during your trip. Here’s a guide to help you avoid any mishaps.
Know how much solution you can take.
There are limitations to how much liquid you can bring on the airplane. The TSA advises that you can store a bottle of less than 3.4 oz/100 mL in a carry-on bag. Larger bottles are approved for checked bags.
Consider disposable contacts.
If you’ll be spending a lot of time out and about and don’t want to deal with contact lenses, consider using disposable options. These are for one-time daily use and can be tossed before you go to sleep. If you lose them, you’ll have spares. Ask your eye doctor about preferred brands several weeks before you leave so there’s time for them to be made and delivered.
Sleep with your contacts in.
When you sleep with your contact lenses in, you’re cutting off oxygen to your eyes. This can dry them out. If possible, skip your in-flight nap. If you're on a long or red-eye flight and have to sleep, go to the lavatory, wash your hands, and store your contact lenses in an approved case.
Forget to pack your eyeglasses.
Bring a pair of eyeglasses in case you damage or lose your contact lenses. Make sure to clean them before use. Wipe the lenses with a microfiber cloth, as well as the nose bridge and frames to avoid transferring bacteria and debris in your eye. Only travel with an approved hard case. If you’ve changed your contact lenses prescription recently, discuss updating your glasses as well.
If you need an eye exam or new products before your next trip, stop by Clear Vision Center in Brooklyn, NY. This vision center has assisted patients for 11 years, providing eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision solutions. You can explore their services on their website or call (718) 771-0078 to schedule a checkup.