Some people, for whatever reason (though it is a lot more exciting to think that these reasons are of the adventurous and exploratory kind), turn from using glasses to using contact lenses. Though it may appear like a good move, and easier because who actually likes having to adjust their glasses every time it slides down the bridge of their nose? However, it’s difficult to care for your contact lenses as you usually would when you’re travelling, especially if you’re venturing somewhere where the climate is vastly different from what you’re used to. This could actually affect your contact lenses, so it is important that you adjust accordingly. The one thing that you must remain consistent with when traveling with contact lenses is to keep them clean.
Just because you’re taking a vacation, doesn’t mean your routine has to as well. Nothing about the mechanics of your routine should fundamentally change. Do not leave them on longer than you should, do not neglect your cleaning duties, and do not “forget” to wash your hands before handling them. One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting lazy with their routine because they’re on vacation. Like it or not, the only time your eyes should rest is when you sleep.
If you’re going to go swimming, remember that you aren’t in your home, where the water is most likely cleaner. You are somewhere else, you are swimming in people’s sweat and bacteria, and that is not something you want being trapped in your contact lenses. Take them off before you indulge yourself in any activities that might affect your contact lenses directly or mess with your vision.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that this whole care routine begins even before you leave for your marked destination. Be aware that some places have strict rules about liquids and how you carry them, so if you want to be able to keep your cleaner and soaking solution, be smart about how you package them. Usually liquid items or bottle containers aren’t allowed on carry on bags, so put them in your suitcase for safekeeping. You can also try putting it in a separate bag where security can see for themselves that you’re completely harmless, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Keeping this in mind, you should have a backup! Some people travel thinking everything is going to be peachy fine, and then their contacts are damaged, or they lose their cleaner or soaking solution, or they forget to take it off one night and they spend the entire day in the hotel room agonizing about a lost adventure. Besides setting a reminder for yourself to take off your contact lenses, also carry a pair of glasses with you in case you aren’t able to use your contact lenses anymore.
Yes, you did switch to contacts for a reason, but accidents happen, and would you rather miss an amazing view for the sake of not wanting to wear glasses? Life can be so much more than a superficial statement.
If trouble arises, don’t be afraid to seek help. You don’t want to end up blind, do you?