Embarking on a journey, whether by plane, train, or automobile, can be an exciting adventure. However, long-distance travel often brings with it the challenge of eye strain and dryness. Prolonged exposure to environmental factors and artificial lighting can take a toll on your eyes. Here are some practical tips to keep your eyes refreshed and comfortable throughout your travels.
- Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can contribute to dry eyes. Drink plenty of water during your journey to ensure your body, including your eyes, stays well-hydrated.
- Blink Regularly: Long periods of concentration, especially on digital screens, can lead to reduced blinking and dry eyes. Be conscious of blinking regularly to moisten your eyes and prevent dryness.
- Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: If you’re engaging in activities like reading or using electronic devices, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to reduce eye strain.
- Use Lubricating Eye Drops: Carry preservative-free lubricating eye drops to alleviate dryness during travel. Apply drops as needed to keep your eyes comfortable.
- Adjust Air Ventilation: In airplanes or cars, adjust air vents away from your face to avoid direct airflow into your eyes, which can contribute to dryness.
- Wear Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from harsh sunlight and wind by wearing sunglasses, especially if you’re in a vehicle with open windows.
- Artificial Tears for Flight: The low humidity in airplane cabins can exacerbate dry eyes. Use artificial tears before and during the flight to maintain moisture.
- Limit Screen Time: If you’re using electronic devices, try to limit screen time. Extended exposure to screens can contribute to eye strain.
- Warm Compress: If your eyes feel dry and fatigued, a warm compress can provide relief. Use a clean cloth soaked in warm water and place it over closed eyelids for a few minutes.
- Get Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get enough rest before your journey. Fatigue can exacerbate eye strain.
- American Optometric Association (AOA). (2021). Tips for Relieving Dry Eyes. Retrieved from https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/tips-for-relieving-dry-eyes