Spring break is right around the corner, but before you take off for your well-deserved vacation, we want to make sure you’ve packed all the essentials. If you are anything like us, you have your checklist ready to go. While the bathing suit, towel and sunscreen are wildly important for enjoying the sun and sand, we have a few last-minute items we need to make sure find their way into your carry on.
It’s time to learn all the best ways you can protect your eyes this spring break.
It wouldn’t be an Rx Optical blog if we didn’t encourage you to wear some form of eye protection, right? And since spring vacation is best associated with time spent by the ocean or pool, it should be no surprise that we are asking you to pack your sunglasses. They help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Water often has a glare that can damage your eyes if they aren’t properly protected by polarized eyewear. Excessive UV exposure can cause severe damage and eye pain. It can even lead to macular degeneration and cataracts. If that’s not enough reason to wear sunglasses, just remember: sunglasses are also a great poolside accessory.
If you are a contact wearer, be sure to remove your contact lenses before heading into the pool or ocean. Soft lenses can change shape in water. That can cause discomfort and potential damage to the cornea and eye. Along with discomfort, having water trapped under you contact lens can increase your chances of infection, since microorganisms floating in pools can get trapped between the contact and your eye.
To be safe, remove your contact lenses and pack your goggles! It’s a sure way to protect your eyes and enjoy your vaction.
Pack the Eye Care Essentials
We know packing for vacation can be stressful, but whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your eyecare essentials. We’re talking contact solution, extra contacts, and a lens cleaning cloth. Though these aren’t the most glamourous items in your suitcase, you will thank yourself later for being able to enjoy your trip without a hassle.
We’ve already mentioned it, but don’t forget your sunglasses. If you don’t have a pair, come see us!
Before you leave, schedule an eye exam with us. We can’t wait to hear all about your upcoming plans and to ensure you are fully prepared for the adventure ahead. So, schedule an appointment with us, pack your sunglasses and enjoy your spring break! We will be sending you happy and warm wishes from each of our 56 different locations.