Eye Health Central

Air Travel and Contact lenses

When you are busy packing for your holiday, it is worth giving some thought to your contact lenses.

Have you got enough lenses?

If you are wearing daily or monthly lenses, have you got enough for your entire stay, plus a few more for 'emergencies' like losing one in a swimming pool! Remember to order your supply well in advance of your departure date.

Should you take some coloured ones...?

It might be a good opportunity, even if you don't normally wear coloured lenses, to try a few out on holiday. Freshlook Colorblends are a good choice, and can even be ordered in daily disposables.

How about UV protection?

Check to see if your soft contact lenses come with UV protection built in. Example that have UV protection are Crystal 1 Day and 1 Day Acuvue Moist. These give you added protection to UV radiation - but are not a substitute for a good pair of sunglasses.

Have you thought about solutions?

You may not be able to get your normal contact lens solutions where you are going, so stock up before you depart. Also, airlines normally do not allow solutions as carry on luggage on the plane, but you can now get solution travel packs that overcome this problem.

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 4 Mar 2020