Sometimes, driven by our strong desire to travel as much as possible and the enthusiasm such an activity is accompanied by, we tend to neglect taking proper care of ourselves and our needs and conditions, or we get used to the process of the travel preparations overlooking to pack some things which even if considered as necessary, have never been actually needed.
In some cases, this assumption is true. When we start our “career” as a traveler, we are more anxious thus cautious and end up overpacking many times, while when we gain more comfort, we develop better crisis and don’t get so easily overwhelmed in case we need something we haven’t packed. Although, self-care and health-care products, should always be a priority.
Eye-care specifically is highly important not only for preserving our vision and avoiding future unfortunate conditions as glaucoma, but mainly due to the impact that will occur in our personal well-being and independence, and our functionality in everyday activities including driving, reading, working, and enjoying hobbies.
What can you do to properly take care of your eyes as a frequent traveler?
1. Responsible Planning
An eye-check is either way something that needs to be integrated in your annual medical check-up, or even more frequently in case of needed supervision. However, for someone with an upcoming busy schedule full of transitions, it would be more considerate to plan an appointment to the ophthalmologist in advance. Additionally, if having some special condition, despite the seriousness, and plan to leave your hometown for a long time, it would be wise to Find an ophthalmologist at the place you’ll visit. Actually, finding a doctor in the field of any personal condition, is highly recommendable.
2. Practicing Good Hygiene
Travelling comes often with a lot of compromising in the terms of convenience we are used to. No matter, the circumstances, keeping in our mind some do’s and don’ts is very important. For example, you should protect your eyes in places of public use, such as public swimming pools, and be extra cautious to avoid sharing your personal hygiene things as towels. Remember to replace your make up in shorter period of times, as dirt & dust and other bacteria stick on it, and as you’re more exposed to the outdoor environment, the amount of them is higher.
3. Have an Eye-care Kit
Along with your first aid kit, it is essential to have an exclusive eye-care kit. Include your lens cleansing and a spare pair of lens (if applicable), a micro fiber cleansing cloth for your sunglasses, eyelid wipes, cosmetics such as your eye-cream or, and above all some eye-drops that will contribute in maintain your eyes hydrated and moisturized, especially in times of dry-air, such as in flights.
4. Get Enough Rest
Truth be told, no matter the cosmetics applied and the eye-care routine, without a sufficient amount of sleep and the required amount of rest when focusing on a screen or book the whole day, your eyes will look and feel tired. During flights and in general in means of transportations, our eyes get easier tired due to the lack of change in the surrounding environment. Remember to change your focus from time to time, looking in the further distance possible.
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