Travelling with Contact Lenses

4th July 2024

Tips for travelling with contact lenses

Whether you are away for a weekend or for a week or two, it is always worth planning ahead if you are a contact lens wearer.  Here are our top tips for hassle free travelling with contact lenses.

Consider disposable lenses
It is easier to travel with daily disposables. No bottles of solutions and no cases to clean. Pack enough lenses to last the holiday plus some extra pairs just in case.

Bring enough solution
If you wear replacement lenses, ensure you pack enough contact lens solution. It’s important to use the correct solution with your lenses to avoid any adverse reactions.

On the plane
Keep your contact lenses and solution in a sealed plastic bag in your luggage to avoid any leaks. We sell travel-friendly size contact solution bottles and can order in travel kits for you to take on board the plane. Don’t sleep in your contacts so remember to bring your glasses with you in your hand luggage.

Lubricate your eyes
Don’t forget to bring a bottle of lubricating drops such as Hycosan with you on the plane. Your eyes can feel quite dry on board so a couple of drops will help to moisten your eyes and make them feel more comfortable.

Back-up glasses
Always bring an up-to-date pair of glasses with you. If you are unable to wear your contact lenses due to red, sore eyes, infections or allergens, you will find your glasses indispensable.

Swimming in contact lenses is not recommended.  If you wear contact lenses, we recommend you take them out before swimming. It is very important to protect your eyes from the bacteria in the water as the bacteria can cause eye infections.

An alternative is either to wear your glasses or otherwise invest in a pair of watertight prescription swimming goggles.  We have a selection of powered lenses that can be inserted into goggles so you can enjoy the fun with the rest of the family in the pool.  If your prescription changes, you can simply change the lenses without having to buy another pair of goggles.

Red, sore eyes
Take out your lenses immediately if you experience red, irritated eyes as this may be due to an infection. Find a local optometrist to have your eyes examined. It may be useful to have our telephone number or email address in case you need to contact us for advice.

Keep a copy of your prescription
Have your valid signed prescription of your glasses and contact lenses to hand just in case. It will make it much easier to getting replacement contact lenses or glasses whilst away from home.  If you don’t want to bring your paper prescriptions take a photo of them on your mobile instead.

A pair of sunglasses is essential to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays as most contact lenses do not give you such protection.  You may even find a pair of prescription sunglasses handy.

We hope these tips help you to enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

The Gordon Turner Optometrists Team