While you’re taking a much-needed vacation, it's important to make sure you’re taking care of your eyes, Irritation and damage to your eyes make relaxing on the beach much less enjoyable.
Being away from home, you may not be near your doctor or urgent care if you need your eyes taken care of once there is a problem. This means that focusing on prevention is a smart move. We have some tips that will help keep your eyes comfortable and healthy no matter where you go.
Wear the right eyewear
Keeping things out of your eyes that don’t belong there should be step number one. This could mean UV rays from the sun, sand on a windy day at the beach, or chlorinated water in a pool. Make sure to wear your sunglasses or goggles whenever your eyes need protection.
Look out for the sun
Look out for the sun, don’t look at it. On an especially sunny day, the UVA and UVB rays given off by the sun can harm your eyes. At higher altitudes, these rays are the strongest and most potentially harmful. Even on a cloudy day, they can still get through. Make sure to wear your sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, or over time these rays will damage your eyes.
Drink plenty of water
If you’re dehydrated, it’s much easier for your eyes to become irritated. You should be drinking at least 12 cups of water per day (96 ounces) to stay as hydrated as you need to be. For those who like to enjoy some alcohol on vacation, you’ll want to add at least another cup of water for each drink. Keeping yourself and your eyes hydrated will allow them to better fight off any irritation.
Keep your eyes from drying out
Eye drops are your best friend when it comes to avoiding eye irritation from dry eyes. If you’re traveling in an airport or in a car on a hot day, you can expect dry air to affect your eyes. Eye drops will combat this, and wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes from the wind.
Don’t forget to keep your eyes clean
Taking a vacation is all about getting away from your regular routine and taking a much-needed break. While it’s healthy to do this for your general routine, don’t take a break from your hygiene routines. Make sure to keep your eyes clean in the same ways you always do, such as cleaning off any cosmetics from your face as well as oil and dirt that may have built up before you go to bed for the night. With a clean face, nothing can potentially irritate your eyes while you’re asleep.
Plan and prepare
Poor preparation can ruin a vacation in all kinds of ways. It could cause something as serious as forgetting your plane tickets, down to a minor nuisance like forgetting your bathing suit. Another thing you don’t want to forget is what you’ll need to keep your eyes healthy. Bring an extra pair of glasses and contacts, as well as any allergy medicine and eye drops you use.
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We want you to enjoy your vacations to the fullest, you deserve it. Part of that is making sure your eyes are taken care of, and we can help with that. We offer a full range of eye care services, including things such as routine eye exams, diagnosis, treatment of conditions like glaucoma, LASIK surgery, and more. Anything your eyes need, we can help.