Looking After Your Eyesight While Travelling

With so many things to do before you set off on your big trip, looking after your eyesight is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you’re going to be travelling for some time, it’s important to maintain your health while you’re out and about enjoying yourself. Eyesight is an incredibly important but often neglected part of your wellbeing, so this blog contains all the tips you need to feel your best when on holiday.

 

Get an up-to-date prescription

When was the last time you visited your optician? If it’s been a while, then it’s important to get an eye test before you leave for your trip. Regardless of whether you wear glasses or not, an eye test will reveal lots of things about your eye health. It’s always better to catch any problems early rather than having to deal with them when you’re in another country. If you do need to get a new pair of glasses after going to the optician, check out these prescription glasses from Oakley.

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Pack sunglasses

It doesn’t matter where you’re going or what season it is, sunglasses are essential for any trip. UV rays can affect your eyes at any time of day, no matter the weather, so you need to make sure you have a trusty pair – even for those overcast afternoons. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes, but the skin around your eyes too, helping to prevent lines from forming prematurely. Think about what activities you’re going to be doing while you’re away and pick out sunglasses to match. For example, polarised lenses are better suited to water sports while large shades with dark lenses are going to be ideal for sunbathing.

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Get plenty of sleep

Nothing makes your eyes feel more tired than a lack of sleep. While it can be tempting to disrupt your bedtime schedule when on holiday, you should try to get enough rest each night to feel refreshed the next morning. Tired eyes don’t just feel unpleasant, they can impact your vision too. You may see the world as slightly blurred or hazy and you’ll probably experience stinging the longer you leave your eyes open. Do your body a favour and get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.

 

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Reduce screen time

You probably spend an awful lot of time in front of a screen when at home, so give your eyes a break when jetting off to a far-off land. You’ll probably be busy during the day, but in the evenings try to put down your phone in favour of a book or crossword puzzle. The same goes for travelling on trains and planes. Instead of watching a film, treat yourself to a real page-turner or strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Of course, there’s no harm in looking at a screen for some of your trip, but peering down at your phone for hours on end will strain your eyes.

 

Consider the area you’ll be traveling to

If you are traveling to an area where hygiene is a concern or if you are camping or will be in any other situation where cleaning your contact lenses might be an issue consider switching to disposables for the duration of your trip so that you don’t have to worry about cleaning and storing them.

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