Three Contact Lens Mistakes To Avoid When On Vacation

If you wear contact lenses, then most of the basic care is like second nature to you. Although this is a good thing most of the time, it can lead to problems on a vacation or a business trip because you may not give your contacts much thought. The following are three mistakes to avoid, even if you are an experienced contacts user.

#1: Forgetting your back-ups

For many longterm contacts wearers, especially those that wear weekly or monthly lenses, sleeping in contacts or only wearing contacts exclusively becomes the norm. Although it's never advised to wear contacts when sleeping, this behavior is still relatively common and it can lead to an eye infection or irritation. At home, this isn't usually a big deal because you can switch to glasses, but you may forget to bring a pair if you are used to contacts exclusively. Make sure to bring a pair of glasses even if you rarely wear them. You should also bring a back-up pair of contacts in case one gets lost or damaged.

#2: Ignoring dry eyes

Dry eyes doesn't always affect longterm contacts users simply because they become adjusted to the lenses. That is, until you get on a plane. The air in a plane is naturally more dry since it is recirculated and the moisture is removed. Make sure to bring contact-safe rewetting drops with you if you are traveling by air. Remember that the bottle of drops must be under 3.5 ounces to make it through security. While you are at it, also pack a lens case and your glasses in your carry-on. This way, you can use the rewetting drops in a pinch if you need to remove your contacts while on the plane.

#3: Leaving important information at home

Accidents happen when you are traveling – things get lot or damaged – so it is best to be prepared. If you lose your contacts and break your glasses, then you will need to get replacements as soon as possible. The simplest way to do this is to have a copy of your prescription on you at all times. Keep a copy in your wallet or purse, and snap a picture of it to keep on your smartphone as a backup copy. You should also make sure you have your eye doctor's contact information close at hand in case they need to be contacted to process your emergency replacements.

For more help, talk to your optometrist before leaving on your trip. You can also visit websites like