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How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

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Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. 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. Here are some tips to keep in mind when traveling to help prevent dry eye:

  1. Since dehydration makes dry eye symptoms worse, drink consistently before, during and after the flight. If you enjoy an on-flight alcoholic drink or caffeinated tea or coffee, be sure to drink extra fluids to rehydrate.
  2. 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.
  3. Use an eye mask to protect your eyes while sleeping.
  4. 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.
  5. Turn off the air conditioning vent above your seat to prevent dry air from blowing directly into your face.
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Dr. Greg Thompson and Dr Rick Thompson are seeing patients for urgent and emergency eye care problems by appointment during the COVID-19 situation. This includes eye infections, sore or painful eyes, sudden vision changes, and broken eye glasses for those with strong prescriptions. For urgent problems please call or text our cell phone at 437-388-1136. We can solve many problems over the phone, or see patients in our clinic if necessary.

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For routine eye care, we will be scheduling patients when we get further instructions from the College of Optometrists of Ontario. For non-urgent messages and to order contact lenses please email us at office@drrickthompson.ca or call 905-793-2020.

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