Dry Eye Travel Pointers
Stay Hydrated: From the notoriously dry airplane environment to zealously temperature-controlled hotels to the beach or slopes, you may well be at higher risk of poor overall hydration while away from home. If you get dehydrated you can count on worse dry eyes. Drink up! If you're drinking alcohol, try to drink water in between.
Lubricate: On airplanes or in hotels you may need heavier, strongerthan at home. Some may also benefit from more frequent application of artificial tears as a preventive measure. Don't wait until dry eye gets out of control. Remember, the impact of extra stress on your eyes does not always show up immediately.
Cover Up: During the day good eyewear is essential. If your eyes get very dried out flying, or if you are at risk of erosions, make sure you bring some kind of eye mask with you in flight (anything from a soft cloth mask to agoggle may help prevent excessive drying). Outdoors, and indoors if necessary, high quality wraparound eyewear, ideally with foam pads, is a great way to protect the eyes. For nighttime, check out our suggestions – you may need to step up your night treatments when travelling.
Dos and Don'ts
- SWITCH OFF that vent over your seat on the plane.
- Bring a bottle of water on board.
- Bring plenty of drops, and use them more frequently than on the ground.
- Bring something to protect your eyes in over-heated or over-air-conditioned hotel rooms. Tranquileyes is a favorite, but for something economical a soft eye mask will also help.
- Pack all your eye gear into your checked baggage.
- Neglect your eyes while travelling. Sometimes extra stress on the eyes does not become evident till a couple of days later.
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