To minimize vision-related mishaps while traveling, Dr. Brisco recommends the following:
- Bring an extra pair of contact lenses or glasses in case you lose, tear or break yours. It is often difficult to find an eye doctor quickly while away from home.
- Wear glasses, instead of contact lenses, while flying. The dry air in the plane’s cabin air can make your eyes feel dry and scratchy.
- Put your name and address on your eyeglass case so it can be returned to you if you misplace your glasses.
- Bring ophthalmic antibiotic drops if you are traveling to a remote area in case your eyes become infected while camping, hiking, swimming in the ocean, etc. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brisco before your trip for a pre-trip eye health evaluation, to prescribe antibiotics for your medical emergency kit.
- Bring wetting drops for moisturizing your eyes while on the plane (especially on long flights). The drops will also be useful if you are in a dusty environment, such as while on safari or on dirt roads.