How you can take care of your eyes when travelling

Whether for a summer or winter break, a long weekend or a full three-month exploration of pastures new, there’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to your eyes. Optrex has you covered with advice on eye irritation, what to pack, and what extras you may want to include. So take a look below and find out more about your eyes when you go on holiday:


Bright Lights

For many, the first thing we think about when it comes to a holiday is sun, heat and relaxation by the beach. For those seeking sunnier climes there are a few things to think about, but likely you’ll already have a few things to prevent any sunny problems from getting in the way.

According to the NHS website, sunlight can be a cause of dry eyes so it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses to help keep you’re your eyes protected. Suitable sunglasses meeting European and UK standards can protect you from UVA and UVB rays – sunglasses can help your eyes, and also create a barrier between potential allergens, irritants, and the surface of your eye.

When looking for sunglasses, ensure that:

  • They provide you with the highest levels of UV protection, which means they will block between 99% and 100% of UVB and UVA rays.
  • Polarized lenses may be a good option if you’re particularly sensitive to sunlight, as they reduce glare by filtering out reflected sunlight from surfaces such as windows or the water.
  • And something that suits you too, of course. 


Skin Protection

It’s not just the eye surface that needs protection, but you should also protect the skin around the eyes should it come into contact with sunlight. A sun cream of the required SPF should be used frequently to help protect from sun damage.



One thing to briefly note, a cause of eye irritation which is very specific to the beach is from sand, either blown up or kicked up, getting into your eye can cause anything from irritation to pain. If the breeze blows up, try getting away from the affected area, and try to keep away from groups of high activity where sand might be sent into the air, unless it’s your group of course! 


In the pool

Who doesn’t love a quick swim while the weather’s hot! Just remember that contaminants in the pool can have an effect on your eyes, and could potentially cause redness. If this happens, flush your eyes with clean water.



Not everyone enjoys a relaxing break sunbathing by the beach – but rather seek excitement from adventure holidays. Surfing, skiing, even hiking and camping in the wilderness offer a chance to chase a rush of adrenaline and work off some of that day-to-day stress build-up. These exercises are great fun, but without the right protection, they can also be somewhat dangerous. So, remember:

  • When swimming, wear goggles.
  • When skiing, sun protection is vital. Snow blindness is a common result of not wearing sunglasses or goggles while skiing, and you never know what could kick up from the slopes.
  • Make sure you pack enough contact lens solution should you wear non-disposable contact lenses, and consider bringing a second pair of glasses should you lose your main pair on the trip. 


Optrex as a Travel Companion

Consider bringing some Optrex products with you that may help to keep your eyes refreshed. Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops can help soothe and revitalise tired eyes, and it is especially easy to take with you due to its size. If your eyes feel tired, sore, or uncomfortable, simply apply the solution to your eye.

Another product that could help you is Optrex Actimist - a compact and functional spray that can fit neatly into your luggage. Actimist is a convenient option for dry eyes, and the application is simple, and it provides relief for up to four hours, so give it a try. 


For Anything Serious

Make sure when you travel that your insurance covers eye care. Also, make a note of local hospitals and opticians, should anything happen from losing glasses to receiving an eye infection. If you’re feeling unwell on holiday it’s not wise to wait until you get home, so be prepared with some local knowledge of the area. If you are concerned about your eyes, always seek medical advice from a pharmacist or doctor.