As travel time comes to a head, you may not realize what constitutes as detrimental to your eyes. Orlando ophthalmologist, Doc Brock, understands that vacations can lead to eye trauma if your eyes are not properly maintained. The list below gives a few suggestions on how you can protect your eyes while traveling and enjoying your time away from home.

Sun Protection

If you’re thinking about taking a skiing trip this winter, keep in mind that the snow reflected on the sun can cause even more irritation than normal. Be sure to bring sunglasses or goggles that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection with you. Pay attention to any of the rules you have heard about skin protection and apply them to your eyes – stay out of the sun during peak times of exposure, wear proper protection (sunglasses, not sunscreen!), and wear a broad-brimmed hat.

Wind Protection

Wind damage to the eyes can cause redness, while any debris carried in the wind can lead to corneal damage. Sunglasses or goggles help tremendously with the wind, especially if you decide to drive a convertible at home, or on vacation.

Dry Air

Florida is one of the most humid states in the United States. When you live in Florida, your skin and eyes become adapted to the humidity. While traveling to an arid area, such as Northern California, Arizona, or Wyoming, the difference in humidity can severely dry your eyes. Be sure to pack artificial tears. The atmosphere on a plane mimics the low humidity of arid states, so take similar precautions when boarding a flight.

No matter where you are headed for your autumn escapades, take a few minutes to pack proper eye protection. Your vacation will be more enjoyable when you are not suffering from irritated eyes or blurry vision due to unforeseen events. Contact the Orlando ophthalmology team at Magruder Laser Vision at 407-843-5665 and ask about a LASIK procedure before your vacation to see the sights more clearly. Take a look at our blog page for additional information on how to protect your eyes at all times of the year.