Travel & Contact Lenses

If you’re headed to the airport to catch a flight for a quick business trip, last minute getaway, or dream vacation, here are some tips to keep your eyes happy, healthy, and comfortable. First of all, as you’re packing, don’t forget to pack an extra (couple) pairs of lenses. Just. In. Case. 

Remove Lenses During Flights Longer Than 2-3 Hours

As the air pressure changes in the cabin, the air becomes excessively dry – ever notice how thirsty you can get on a plane? These changes in air pressure and moisture can cause your contacts to become dry and change the properties of the lens. The longer the flight, the more uncomfortable your contact lenses, and eyes, become. The best advice I can give you is to remove your lenses for flights longer than 2-3 hours, and wear your glasses instead. 

Always Carry a Travel-size Contact Lens Solution Bottle

Travel-size solution bottles (usually 2 oz.) are available for most lens solutions, making solution and a case an easy addition to your carry-on bag. Also, full-size bottles of solution are allowed in carry-on bags (as long as they are declared at security); contact lenses solution is considered a medically-necessary liquid. Remoisturizing drops for contact lenses are also available and can help keep you comfortable on shorter flights, but again, removing your contacts for the duration of your flight is best practice. 

Once you’ve reached your destination, don’t forget your sunglasses! Safe and happy travels, and feel free to send us a postcard! 🙂

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