6 Ways to Prevent Dry Eye From Ruining Your Holiday
With the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the introduction of the ‘Green List’ many people are beginning to plan their long-awaited summer holidays. However, for dry eye sufferers the thought of having to manage their condition whilst travelling can be daunting.
Reduced humidity levels can cause symptoms of itchiness, redness and dry eyes. According to the WHO, humidity levels on an aeroplane are less than 20% which is lower than in the Sahara desert Changes in temperature and dehydration can also have a drying effect on your eyes.1
We’ve put together these top tips to help you enjoy your holiday and prevent the symptoms of dry eye from ruining your well-earned break.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration is one of the main causes of dry eye as it leads to decreased tear production – if you’re lucky enough to be travelling to warmer climes.
Increase the humidity
Air conditioning reduces the humidity in a room which can cause dry and itchy eyes.2 Consider packing a small humidifier or enquire at your hotel to find out if they provide them to combat the effects of the air conditioning unit. If your eyes become extremely dry or sore, turn the shower to hot and allow the bathroom to fill with steam. This extra moisture will soothe your dry eyes.
Ditch the screens
Give your eyes a rest and reduce the amount of time you spend on your tablet or smartphone. Why not try taking a break to rest your eyes by going for a refreshing walk in beautiful scenery, or listening to the radio or a podcast.
Wear an eye mask
Your eyes can lose moisture even when your eyes are closed. Often the eyelids don’t close completely resulting in dry eyes. Wearing an eye mask when you’re sleeping or on an aeroplane can help to reduce dry eye symptoms.3
Leave the contact lenses at home
Wearing your glasses rather than contact lenses can reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome. Give your eyes a well-earned rest and pop your glasses on to reduce irritation. If you aren’t a glasses wearer ensure you wear your sunglasses outside to prevent the wind from drying out your eyes.
Check your eye drops
VisuXL Gel provides 12-hour dosing with just one drop so use it before you travel and then pop it in your checked luggage to avoid the trouble of putting it in a separate liquids bag in your hand luggage.4 If you prefer to travel with your eye drops in your hand luggage VisuXL Gel comes in a 10ml bottle so it’s perfect for travelling.
To find out more about eye drops and to find an eye drop that suits you visit our Visufarma website.
- World Health Organisation, ‘Air Travel Advice’ https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/air-travel-advice Last Accessed August 2021
- NHS, ‘Dry Eyes’ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/ Last Accessed August 2021
- Danbury Dry Eye Doctors, ‘Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel’ https://www.danburyeyedoctors.com/eye-care-services/dry-eye-treatment/preventing-dry-eyes-during-air-travel/ Last Accessed August 2021
- VisuXL Gel Instruction for Use (IFU)