Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. As our eye doctor in Lancaster, OH can explain during your next eye exam, the dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes.
The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry eye.
Tips From Our Lancaster Eye Doctor to help prevent dry eye when traveling:
- Since dehydration makes dry eye symptoms worse, drink consistently before, during and after the flight. If you enjoy an in-flight alcoholic drink or caffeinated tea or coffee, be sure to drink extra fluids to rehydrate.
- Make sure to pack a bottle of artificial tears to apply as needed. If you suffer from dry eyes on a regular basis, consult with your eye care professional before you fly as you might need a more effective lubricant to keep with you on the flight.
- Use an eye mask to protect your eyes while sleeping.
- If you wear contact lenses, switch to a pair of glasses for the duration of the flight to avoid additional dryness that often accompanies contact lens use.
- Turn off the air conditioning vent above your seat to prevent dry air from blowing directly into your face.