4 Eye Care Tips Every Outdoor Traveller Should Keep In Mind

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Over thirteen million Britons are eager to travel abroad this 2024, with 31% of survey respondents saying they wanted something to look forward to over the winter months. Naturally, sun-drenched destinations like the coastal cities of Vigo, Spain, and Rimini, Italy, became UK travellers' top choices. According to a separate study, 15% of Brits also expect to go hiking in 2024. However, with increased outdoor time and sun exposure comes potential eye hazards. So whether you'll be swimming, backpacking, camping, or doing anything outdoors, follow these eye care tips:

Use Sunglasses!

Sunglasses protect your eyes – and the delicate skin around them – from the sun's UV rays, which could lead to more severe eye problems. To avoid bringing multiple pairs, travellers with pre-existing vision issues can opt for prescription sunglasses from brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley; these can be outfitted with various protective lens options and outdoor-friendly tints. The Ray-Ban RB7066-54 Wayfarers come in a flattering square frame and large lenses for more sun coverage, while the Glasses Direct Taylor half-rim frames are lightweight enough for all-day wear and protection. Wearing sunglasses also reduces eye strain, allowing travellers to appreciate their surroundings better. Be sure to keep your sunglasses safe with a hard shell case.

Pack Eye Drops!

Surprisingly, dry eye can occur in both summer and winter holiday destinations. High temperatures cause your tear film to evaporate quickly, while windy conditions during the colder season can also dry the eyes. Eye drops can provide relief for dryness while on the go. Pack an option like the Blink Intensive Soothing Eye Drops, which contains the OcuPure compound that mimics human tears. This dissolves into an eye-moisturising substance that reduces irritation and redness in seconds, allowing you to continue with your outdoor travel itinerary.

Prepare for Allergies!

Outdoor-specific allergens can irritate the eyes and spoil your travel experience. The UK has one of the highest allergy prevalence rates globally, plaguing one in three Brits. As such, it's best to plan your vacations so they don't coincide with pollen season. If unavoidable, keep your accommodation's windows and doors closed, and bring adequate allergy medication from home. An International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology study found that sunglasses can be a simple avoidance option that acts as a physical barrier between the eyes and pollen. The TAG Heuer performance sunglasses have advanced bio-nylon lenses with anti-dirt and hydrophobic properties, which may help limit the airborne particles that come in contact with your eyes. They also come with Specta technology for enhanced contrast and visibility. Keep your sunglasses on as much as possible, and pack antihistamines in your day bag so you never go without them.

Bring a Hat and an Umbrella!

We've discussed the importance of packing appropriate clothing, such as head coverings, to shield yourself from the sun's rays. A wide-brim hat can help supplement eyewear protection and further reduce glare. For destinations with intense sunshine, you may want to go further and bring an umbrella. That said, hats and umbrellas don't simply protect your eyes from the sun's brightness. Recent research has shown that higher heat waves significantly correlate with glaucoma incidence. Another study found that higher temperatures in the summer months can cause lowered intraocular (eye) pressure. When eye pressure is too low, it can cause vision loss and distortion, so keep those hats on and foldable umbrellas ready.

Outdoor activities and holidays are all about seeing beautiful natural sights, so you want your eyes to be in their best possible condition. By packing eye protection and treatment products and taking preventive measures against common irritants, you're set to enjoy your well-deserved time away.

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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