How to travel with contact lenses

 

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Remembering to bring all of your day-to-day essentials when travelling can be stressful, especially if you wear contact lenses. Packing all the items you need to care for your lenses is vital to ensure you maintain a good eye care routine.

Tips for travelling with contact lenses

Prepare

As long as you take time to prepare, travelling with contact lenses should be no problem at all. Make sure you remember to pack what you need to provide sufficient care for your lenses and remember to follow the wearing schedule prescribed by your optician.

If you haven't been prescribed extended wear lenses and you are flying overnight, you must remove your lenses and store them in contact lens solution before sleeping. Your lens solution should be no more than 100ml to meet the Transport Security Administration rules.

Buy a contact lens travel pack

As bottles containing more than 100ml are prohibited, we advise that you take a travel pack with you. Fortunately, you can buy most solutions in supplies of 100ml or less. Therefore, you’ll have no problem taking them abroad with you even when you’re travelling through an airport.

You can buy travel pack solutions and travel essentials to suit a wide range of contact lens needs. Our ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution Flight Pack is a great choice and contains two travel size bottles of multi-purpose contact lens solution as well as two contact lens cases and a zip-up bag for storage.

You can also find many more handy accessories when you shop our Travel Essentials. Eye drops, such as our comfi Drops will ensure that your eyes don't dry out as a result of drastic temperature changes. Our Eye Doctor Lid Wipes are also handy when travelling. They are easy to carry and will help you to maintain hygiene by gently removing debris from the eyelid.

How can I look after my contact lenses while on holiday?

Many people prefer to switch to daily disposables for the short time they're on holiday. However, if you'd like to wear your monthly or two weekly contact lenses, then here are a few helpful tips.

Be strategic

  • It's sometimes a good idea to leave your contact lens case by your bedside to remind yourself to remove your lenses even if you're going to bed late.
  • Bring a small supply of solution with you when you're out for the day, just in case you need to thoroughly clean your lenses while you're away from the apartment.

Protect your eyes

Make sure you wear sunglasses if you plan on travelling to a sunny destination. At Feel Good Contacts we only stock sunglasses which have 100% UV protection in the lenses. Wearing these will help you to avoid eye damage from harmful rays.

Wear Daily Lenses

Typically, if you wear two weekly contact lenses or monthly contact lenses, you’ll find that switching to daily contact lenses whilst on holiday a much more convenient option.

Travelling in the early hours, spending time in the sea, going to bed late and deviating from your usual routine can make wearing daily disposables a more sensible option. It will certainly take the hassle out of a lens cleaning and storing routine.

Avoid swimming with contact lenses

If you are planning on being by the pool or spending time on the beach, remember to remove your contact lenses. Swimming with contact lenses should be avoided at all costs. Bacteria in the water can interfere with your contact lenses, causing a range of potentially dangerous eye infections.

It is best to wear prescription goggles instead of contact lenses when swimming. These will correct your vision and protect you from bacterial infections such as Acanthamoeba Keratitis. In addition to this, water can cause contact lenses to dislodge, resulting in a high level of discomfort.

Can I take my contact lenses on a plane?

You can take contact lenses and solution in your carry-on bag, however, you must take the right precautions. Contact solution is essential as contact lens wearers will find a reduced pressure change inside the aeroplane, which reduces the oxygen and humidity and makes the air dry.

Should I wear contacts on the plane?

It is usually recommended that when flying, you remove your contact lenses, especially if you are on a long-haul flight. Not only will the dry air inside the cabin dry your eyes out, but you may also even want to take a nap. Unless prescribed extended wear lenses, you will have to remove your contacts before you fall asleep.

If you decide to wear contact lenses on the plane, bring some rewetting drops with you to help relieve dry eyes. It is also advised you drink plenty of water to keep as hydrated as possible.

Opting for contact lenses which are designed to retain moisture more easily are also recommended. Acuvue Oasys lenses, created by Johnson & Johnson, use silicone hydrogel technology to prevent your eyes from drying out. These two weekly lenses are suitable for extended wear if recommended by your optician. Extended wear lenses give you the option to sleep with them in on a long-haul flight.

Our comfi Pure 1 Day contact lenses are also made from a silicone hydrogel material and are a great choice of daily disposable contact lenses for travelling in.

If you're travelling in contact lenses, it is best to choose a lens that retains moisture more easily. Our contact lenses for dry eyes will certainly do this.

Can we carry a lens solution in a domestic flight?

Current UK airport hand luggage regulations require that only liquids under 100ml in volume is to be bought onto an aircraft. Liquids over this amount will be allowed in your checked-in baggage, but they’ll be confiscated if you attempt to carry them via hand luggage.

Is it safe to use a travel bottle for contact lens solution?

Using a solution from a travel bottle is fine. However, you should never transfer solution to a smaller bottle yourself. Doing this can risk contaminating the solution which has been prepared under sterile conditions.

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