Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel
It is quite common to experience very dry eyes after long flights.
The temperature- and pressure-controlled cabin of an airplane
produces an extremely dry environment that can easily effect
The good news is that eye doctors have come up with a number
of steps that a person can take to minimize the risk of experiencing
these unpleasant symptoms that arise - otherwise known as
“travelers' dry eye.” See below for a few tips to help you avoid
dry eyes when traveling:
Dehydration can cause dry eye symptoms to worsen.
Hydrate yourself all the time, especially before, during and after
your flight. Alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks like tea
or coffee could increase the likelihood of dehydration and if you like
these kinds of beverages in-flight then be sure to drink extra fluids
to account for this possibility.
Artificial tears can also help combat dry eyes. Have a bottle of
artificial tears with you during your trip and they can really help.
If you have chronic dry eyes then speak to your doctor before your
flight to discuss the possibility that you may need a more
effective lubricant for the flight.
Sleeping during your flight can also dry out the eyes. If you tend to
nap while in the air, try wearing an eye mask. This will help reduce
the dry air that reaches your eyes while you sleep, minimizing
the chances of dry eyes.
Contact lenses can also increase the possibility of dry eyes, even
under normal conditions. This is especially the case in the particularly
dry air of the airplane cabin. If you wear contact lenses then think
about switching to a pair of glasses during the flight to eliminate
this increased risk.
The air conditioning vent above your seat blows dry air directly onto
your eyes. Close this vent and you will feel the difference in
of dry eyes.
For more on how to prevent dry eye discomfort on your next plane
trip, talk with your eye doctor at Professional Vision today.