Top Tips for Travelling with Glasses or Contact Lenses

Travelling with Contacts and Glasses

For those of you planning an escape from the ‘Great British Summer’, here are some invaluable top tips…

 Contact Lenses

  • Make sure you have enough solution to last for your holiday as your solution may not be available abroad.
  • To save taking large bulky bottles, ask your practice if your solution is available in a mini pack.
  • Don’t be tempted to decant solutions into smaller bottles as you risk introducing bacteria and contaminating the solution.
  • Never rinse your lenses in tap water, especially abroad, where the water may contain micro-organisms. Always use saline to rinse your lenses.
  • In case your lenses become uncomfortable or your luggage gets lost, always travel with your care kit in your hand luggage.
  • As cabin air is very dry, some eyes may become too dry for comfortable lens wear. On short flights, wear your contact lenses, but ask your practitioner about lubricating drops to re-moisten your eyes and have a pair of specs to change into. For long-haul flights, it is advisable just to wear spectacles, especially if you plan to sleep.
  • Remember, NEVER swim or do water sports in your lenses, as sea water and pool water can be dirty, containing eye infection-causing bacterium.

 Spectacles and sunglasses

  • Make sure you – and your children – are wearing good quality sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB. Look for a “CE” Mark and British Standard BS EN1836:2005 to ensure they offer a safe level of UV protection.
  • If you are a spectacle wearer, consider prescription sunglasses, especially if you plan to drive (in several countries, the law requires that at all times you have a back-up pair of prescription spectacles/lenses in the car).

With thanks to the Eyecare Trust.