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How to Protect Your Vision on Vacation

Getting ready for an upcoming vacation? Eyes need protection during vacation too! Here are a few ways you can keep your eyes healthy when vacationing so that you can enjoy every precious moment.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During Vacation

When you’re on vacation, protecting your eye health is just as important as it is when you’re at home. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to make sure your eyes and vision remain safe and healthy while on vacation.

  • Sunglasses: Protection from harmful UV rays are a major priority when planning for fun in the sun. UVB rays are most responsible for causing eye damage, including cataracts. A good pair of sunglasses is worth the investment in protecting your eyes and vision. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

  • Hats: Hats with wide brims are also great for protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

  • Goggles: Goggles are critical for protecting your eyes from chlorine and microbes in the water. Pick goggles that fit well and provide a good seal over your eyes. Make sure to take your contacts out before swimming to reduce the risk of infection!

  • Nutrition: Strengthen your eyes by eating the right foods! Nuts, citrus fruits, eggs, carrots, and sweet potatoes are a few eye-healthy foods you can pack as snacks or incorporate into your meals this summer.

Protecting your eyes while on your vacation will ensure that you can have fun and enjoy your time away from home. Make sure to have a phone number handy for a local eye doctor in case of emergencies!

Pack for Your Eyes

Avoid vacation-ruining mishaps by packing for your eyes. Aside from sunglass, hats, and goggles, here are a couple of items to make sure are in your luggage.

  • Eye Drops: Cabin pressure and low humidity on airplanes can cause dry, irritated eyes. If you’re flying for several hours, those eye drops will definitely come in handy and make the flight more comfortable.

  • Spare Corrective Lenses: Even if you wear contacts, always pack a pair of glasses. These will come in handy if your eyes need a break from contacts. If you prefer contacts, a spare set will be helpful if you lose or break your glasses. Contact wearers should always take a backup set, especially when traveling to places where finding a replacement may be difficult.

  • Copy of Your Prescription: Take a photo of your prescription on your smartphone! That way, even if you lose your luggage or you’re just in a pinch, you’ll be able to get the eyewear that you need to have fun and enjoy.

Making sure your eyewear and vision needs are taken care of before embarking on your trip will allow you to have a fun and worry-free vacation!

See your Optometrist Before You Travel!

Everyone who requires vision correction knows that a vacation isn’t enjoyable if you can’t see clearly! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Oker at Eden Prairie Eye Care today by calling (952) 944-2792 or through our online form.

Make sure your prescription is up-to-date before leaving home! With a current prescription, you’ll be able to take in all the new sights and attractions on vacation with the clearest vision possible!


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