Travel Tips for contact lens wearer

The cabin pressure in an aeroplane can sometimes cause popping sounds in the ears, as the body releases the expansion of gas to accommodate reducing oxygen levels. Thus, contact lens wear are not recommended, especially those who travel on flight for long hours. Low oxygen level and the dry air in the cabin can easily make contact lens wearer feel uncomfortable than usual, such as dry eye, redness, tiredness and even popping out of the eye.

However, if you insist on wearing contact lenses on board, go for silicone hydrogel lenses such as Acuvue TruEye, Acuvue Oasys and Biofinity. These lenses permits higher oxygen transmit into the eyes and do not easily cause dryness to the eyes.

Travel Tips for contact lens wearers:

  • Bring along extra pairs of contact lenses, just in case you lose or damage your current pair.
  • Carry along small bottle of rewetting drops for contact lenses. You may use it if you feel dry or uncomfortable with your contact lenses.
  • Spectacle is a must bring item for travel, in case of emergencies. E.g. eye infections, redness
  • Put solutions in zip-lock bag to avoid leaking due to the pressurized environment in aircraft cabins
  • Consider using daily disposable contact lenses. Avoiding the hassle of carrying solutions and contact lens case with you.
  • Experiencing any discomfort, contact your eye care professional immediately.

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