The Traveller's Eye Care Tips

The Traveller's Eye Care Tips

The excitement of traveling often leaves most people to forget about proper eye care. Taking care of the eyes should be part of your routine and a regular part of daily tasks. Whether you're out of town for months or even just a few days, here are eye care tips you should remember.

#1: Always Bring A Pair Of Protective Sunglasses

Wearing specs can sometimes be a hassle, especially if you have a lot of activities planned for the trip. But it also won't hurt to bring aviators just in case your eyes tire because of the sun, dust, or wearing contacts for a long time. Ensure that your glasses are travel-ready with these tips:

  • The frames are of plastic or acetate. These materials are easy to carry because of the lightweight nature.

  • The glass has a high rating of UV protection. You should obtain the scores 3 or 4, as these are the best rates.

  • There is 100% comfort. The frame should have a curved shape in such a way that when worn for a long time, you won't feel discomfort. You can use wrap around types if you plan on engaging in sports or activities while traveling.

  • Polarise the lens. It may cost you extra, but the polarised lens significantly decreases the glares, and it serves as added protection.

#2: Drink Vitamins And Eat Food Rich In Supplements

Vitamins exist for a reason: to ensure that cells regenerate, as well as improve the overall function of the organ or body part it targets. Here are the essential vitamins and foods that help and strengthen your eyes:

Vitamin A

  • It protects the cornea (eye surface) from degradation.

  • Eye drops that use vitamin A as a component help in relieving dry eyes.

  • It reduces inflammation of the eyes.

  • Together with lutein, this vitamin prolongs excellent vision.

Beta Carotene (From Carrots Or Any Fruit/Vegetable With The Colors Yellow And Orange)

  • Once ingested, it converts to vitamin A.

  • Together with Vitamin A, it can significantly improve vision.

Vitamin C

  • Supplies collagen to eye capillaries for better blood flow.

  • It maintains the structure of the cornea.

  • It decreases the risk of having eye problems such as cataracts.

  • It improves the absorption of iron.

  • Intake should be with flavonoids for better absorption.

    • You find Flavonoids in red and green sweet peppers, broccoli, oranges, and berries.

Vitamin E

  • Always take with selenium to ensure proper absorption.

  • It decreases the degradation of the macula.

  • Take in moderation because excessive amounts can cause blood thinning.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • It helps promote homeostasis of eye fluids.

  • It decreases the chances of having increased pressure in the eyes.

  • It decreases the chances of developing glaucoma.

  • It helps prevent dry eyes.

  • Found in salmon, oysters, seaweed, hemp seeds, walnuts.

#3: Remember the Do's And Don'ts Of Using Contact Lens

Contact lenses are a convenient choice for many travelers. But if you want to avoid infections and complications, it also needs a lot of maintenance. Here are things you should remember when you plan on using contacts for the majority of the trip:

Before You Leave:

Do’s

Don'ts

Update your eye prescriptions for both glasses and contact lenses by visiting your doctor before the trip.

Don’t forget to bring all the necessary documents and prescriptions with you.

Always bring a copy of your prescriptions in case you need to use them while traveling.

Don’t forget to label the bottles of solutions.

Make sure that you have ample supplies of eye and contact lenses solutions.

Don’t handle your contact lenses with dirty hands.

Make sure the contacts’ case is new (and changed every three months).

Don’t choose between bring glasses or contacts, choose both.





While You’re Traveling:


Do’s

Don’ts

Use your glasses once in a while to give your eyes enough time to rest.

Don’t sleep while wearing your contact lenses.

Replace your contacts as needed or as advised by your doctor.

Don’t forget to replenish the eye and contacts’ solution.

Always use the prescribed solution for contact lenses.

Don’t use water as a replacement for the solutions.

Clean both your glasses and contacts daily.

Don’t throw out infected contact lenses.

If infections occur, store the contact lenses until you have an appointment with your physician. They might conduct swabs and culture to determine the cause.

Don’t hesitate to consult the doctor in your current city. This action may prevent further development of pain or infection.

Visit the nearest eye center or hospital if you’re in pain, or your eye infection hinders you from functioning properly.

Don’t purchase unprescribed contacts, unless you badly need it.

#4: Take Care Of The Skin Around Your Eyes

Beauty gurus always remind their followers that skincare for the face may vary. Some areas may have thick skin, while others, specifically the eye area, have thin and delicate skin. Caring for the eye area also means catering to its needs. Exposing your eyes to the sun may cause unwanted wrinkles and aging. To prevent premature aging, follow these tips:

  • Find a moisturizer that you can use for both the face and eye area. You may also use a different moisturizer if you want to target the eye area specifically.

  • When you apply any product, always use the ring finger or the pinky and dab. Don’t smear the product on the skin.

  • Sleep early.

  • Have a massage.

  • Drink lots of water.

#5: Bring A Specific Type Of Moisturizer

If you want to attend to the specific needs of the eye area, you must first determine what problem you have. You may have dark circles, fine lines, or puffy eyes. Each has a specific remedy, and you can expect better results once you pay attention to what you need to apply.

If you have fine lines, use moisturizers that have the following components:

  • Hydrating humectants

  • Vitamin A

  • Retinoids

  • Retinol

  • Peptides

If you have dark circles, use moisturizers that have the following components:

  • Sunblock

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin B3

  • Kojic acid

  • Arbutin

If you have puffy eyes, use moisturizers that have the following components:

  • Hydrating liquids

  • Caffeine

  • Green tea

  • Eyeliss

  • Willowherb

  • Berry polyphenols

#6: Set An Alarm

An alarm will help remind you of your daily eye care routine. You can set the alarm for moisturizer application before you start the day or for when you’re about to sleep. You can’t always rely on yourself or your friends to remind you that you have to take care of your eyes.

#7: Get As Much Sleep As You Can

One disadvantage of traveling is jet lag, and it can disrupt your sleeping schedule. You can avoid having sleepy and puffy eyes by taking power naps even if you don’t feel tired. This sleeping strategy is to ensure that your eyes can rest and replenish also while having jet lag. Check out TTDEYE for more eye care tips.

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