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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

WITH many of us preparing to jet off on our holidays, a local opticians in Driffield is offering top travel advice for glasses and contact wearers.

Whether travelling for business or pleasure the staff at Specsavers in Driffield have compiled these top tips:

  • 1. Ensure your glasses or contact lenses prescription is up to date. Specsavers also advises you to take your glasses/contact lenses prescription on holiday with you in case you need to get a replacement pair while you're away.
  • 2. Make sure that you pack your eyewear carefully. Specsavers in Driffield stocks a fantastic range of protective products which can help prevent scratches or breakages.
  • 3. If you wear contact lenses you may want to consider disposable lenses when travelling as they are easier to carry and lighter as you do not need to take bottles of cleaning solution with you. They are often no more expensive than non-disposable lenses - meaning you can still afford that cocktail (or two!)
  • 4. Recently there have been restrictions on taking liquids on to aeroplanes. In most cases these restrictions have been now been lifted to allow you to take a small amount of liquid on the plane but it is advisable to always check with the airline before you travel. If you are not allowed to take contact lens solution in your hand luggage then you should you wear your glasses.
  • 5. People are often tempted to leave their contact lenses in for the duration of the flight, which could be longer than they would normally wear them. This is not advisable. Many people find it is more comfortable to wear their glasses rather than contact lenses during a flight as the air pressure and air conditioning can dry out and irritate eyes.
  • 6. In some parts of Europe it is a legal requirement to carry a spare pair of glasses in the car when driving. It is a good idea to keep a spare pair in the car anyway, so that if you break or lose the ones you are wearing when you are out and about, there will be a spare pair in the car so you can drive home.
  • 7. Think about what sports or activities you are going to do on holiday. For example, if you are thinking of taking part in things like sailing, cycling or swimming you may need to take sports goggles. There is a huge range of suitable eyewear available for different sports. You may be safe to wear your usual contact lenses for some activities but it is a good idea to check with your optician before you leave.
  • 8. If you wear contact lenses remember to take enough solution with you. Depending on where you are travelling, you may not be able to buy the same brand of solution. Even if your brand is available, being prepared will save you wasting valuable relaxation time searching for the correct solution!
  • 9. Check whether your travel insurance covers the cost of replacement glasses or contact lenses. If you are taking glasses which are particularly expensive it is best to check they are covered when you are abroad, should you damage or lose them.
  • 10. Make sure the whole family protects their eyes from the damaging effects of the sun whether they normally wear glasses or not. Your local optician will be happy to run through the many different sun-protection options available for glasses wearers such as clip-on sunglasses or photochromic lenses, which are particularly useful in conditions where the level of light is changing.

Driffield Specsavers store director Lorna Chambers says: 'It may be difficult to get good eye care and advice abroad which is why we are encouraging people to follow our Holiday Eye-Care Checklist before jetting off.  We would recommend that people pop into their local Specsavers to talk through any concerns they may have to ensure that when it comes to eye-care, they have a stress-free holiday!'


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