Travel for Comfort
Air travel and hotel stays are an integral part of travelling, whether for business of leisure. Here are a few tips that will help you relax your eyes and enjoy your journey.
Prevent Dry Eyes During Your Flight
The relative humidity in the cabin during the flight is at a low 5-10% (whereas the average humidity of Sahara Desert is 25%, in case you think it's the driest place in the world). Your skin, throat and eyes will feel dry easily.
Bring a tube of moisturiser for your skin and a bottle of preservative-free eye drops, rewetting drops or artificial tears (preferably with doctor's prescription) to relieve eye dryness.
You can also ask the flight attendant for a glass of warm water to place close to you and let the steam moisturise your eyes.
If you are wearing contact lenses, make sure they are high in oxygen transmission and moisture content, such as ACUVUE® OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR® Plus, so that your eyes can stay moisturised and comfortable. Bring along the lens case and your regular glasses so that you can change into them if you find your eyes reddened or feeling uncomfortable.
Your beauty sleep is very important for the wellbeing of your eyes so whether you are sleeping overnight or just taking a short nap, remember to take off your contact lenses as a safe guard against possible dryness and redness, as not all eyes can accommodate sleeping with lenses. When your eyes are closed, blinking stops and tear secretion is reduced, lowering the moisture level of your eyes. The high-pressure environment plus dry air can dehydrate your contact lenses and cause them to stick to the cornea, making it uncomfortable and difficult to remove.
Finally, why not take the time in flight to put on a moisturising eye mask and give your eyes a pampering spa so that you can land with fresh sparkling eyes?
Do take good care of your eyes once you arrive at your hotel-the central air-conditioning tends to make the air dry, so keep a glass of water at your bedside before going to bed to add moisture to the air around your face.
If you are wearing reusable contact lenses, remember to bring the lens case and lens solution - DON'T substitute it with distilled or boiled water to avoid contaminating the lenses.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap under running water and dry with tissue paper before touching the lenses; DON'T use hand towels provided by the hotel because they trap dirt and germs easily; and DON'T wipe your eyes with towels.
If this sounds to you like too much trouble, switch to daily disposable lenses (such as 1 • DAY ACUVUE® MOIST®) instead and spare yourself the trouble of travelling with a lens cleansing kit and enjoy the journey easily with new clean lenses for your eyes everyday.
Eye Protection for Sight-Seeing
It's always lovely to walk around to take a look at the new place you have landed in and immerse in the local culture. For an enjoyable experience, there are a few things to note when outdoors.
Be careful of strong winds. Minute dust particles can easily get in your eyes. So use sunglasses or close your eyes once in a while to protect them.
Remember to slap on the sun-block and slip on the sunglasses, especially when you are walking around on a bright sunny day! However, even sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection block only about 50% of the UV radiation – because sunlight can enter from the sides of the sunglasses. Pair your sunglasses with a broad brimmed hat, and if you wear contact lenses, choose a contact lens with †UV blocking (ACUVUE® range of contact lenses offer UV protection) for maximum UV protection for your eyes.
With all these tips in place, you can be sure that your eyes will enjoy maximum comfort on your trip. Bon Voyage!