When you're going on vacation, your contacts are one of the essentials to pack. Before leaving, you should also know how you're going to take care of them. Properly maintained contacts will protect your eye health and allow you to enjoy the sights, while an infection or lost lenses can ruin the trip. Here’s some advice on how to travel with contact lenses.
Know how much liquid you can take.
You need to keep eye drops in your carry-on to avoid dry or irritated eyes on your flight and afterward. The TSA allows liquids in containers of up to 3.4 ounces for travel within the US. If you're leaving the country, you'll also need to check whether there are regulations in the countries you'll be visiting.
Carry disposable contacts.
Traveling makes it difficult to keep up with a routine, including daily contact care and cleaning. It's much more convenient to use disposable options that are only meant for one or two days of use. You won't have to schedule time for cleaning, and there's less likelihood of an eye infection.
Leave your glasses at home.
Accidents happen, so you need a backup plan in case you lose the lenses or your eyes get irritated. Make sure you bring glasses as an alternative. This way, you’re less likely to have to visit an optometrist on your trip or cope with vision issues.
Sleep on the flight with your contacts in.
Just as you shouldn't wear most contact lenses overnight, you also shouldn't wear them when you nap on the plane. If you have a short flight, it might be best to stay awake. For a longer one, bring supplies so that you can safely take the lenses out, or wear glasses.
To see an optometrist before your trip and get new contacts if needed, visit Northern Lights Eye Care in Anchorage, AK. With 14 years of experience, they have a fast prescription turnaround and serve clients of all ages, including children. To schedule an appointment, call (907) 276-3937 or get in touch online.