Gary Rodney, Master of Optometry and Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, provides an overview of prescription sunglasses while on vacation.
A vacation guide to eyeglasses
This holiday season, it is essential to wear good eye protection. The most dangerous conditions are caused by glare resulting from intense sunlight reflecting off the road surface, hood, windshield or dashboard of the car.
Gary Rodney, master of optometry and fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (FIAOMC) based at the Smart Vision Optometry Eyes InDesign Mosman Clinic, provides an overview of prescription sunglasses while on vacation, which Whether it’s road trips, night driving, or spending the day at the beach.
Keep the glasses secure to prevent them from getting damaged during the trip. â€œPlacing the glasses in a case also protects them from direct sunlight,â€ says Rodney. Do not leave the glasses in the sun. Heat can damage the coating of lenses and frames.
If you lose your eyeglasses or contact lenses, it’s always a good idea to travel with an extra pair of sunglasses. â€œMake sure the glasses have current prescriptions and are in good condition,â€ says Rodney.
Contact lens wearers should also keep contact lenses in a cool place. Contact lenses can be damaged if the temperature of the cleaning solution exceeds 30 degrees Celsius.
Minor damage to glasses, such as tightening or loosening screws, can be easily done with a repair kit.
Remember to clean the eyeglass lens regularly as it may have caught some dust or sweat. â€œDon’t clean the lenses with a used towel or t-shirt like particles of sand from the beach,â€ says Rodney. Tiny particles of sand scratch the lens, rendering it unusable.
Make sure the glasses are cleaned with lukewarm water. Contact lenses are an easy replacement for glasses when spending time at the beach. Disposable contact lenses do not require special care and are well suited to many different situations.
Have hand sanitizer on hand. It is important that the hands remain clean and hygienic when handling or in contact with the eyes. â€œThere are many bacteria that the hands contract and when they come in contact with the eyes, they can cause a bacterial infection,â€ says Rodney. For adventurous travelers when soap and water are not accessible, a bottled hand sanitizer is recommended.
â€œDriving glasses protect against harmful UV rays, making them ideal for daily activities at the beach and road trips day or night,â€ says Rodney. Driving glasses are specially designed to improve motorists’ vision by eliminating glare.
A common distraction for drivers at dusk and dawn is glare from the sun, which can distort vision momentarily. An anti-reflective coating on the lenses eliminates glare from the vision and can prevent accidents.
There are lens coatings optimized for low light conditions, making it easier to drive at night.
Polarization of the lenses is essential because it minimizes irritable reflections. At night, the anti-reflective coating reduces reflection from bright lights, headlights and street lights.
Healthy eyesight is essential for keeping motorists safe this holiday season. â€œMake sure prescription lenses are up to date and correct,â€ says Rodney.
Intelligent Vision Optometry clinics are located in Sydney, Australia. Book a Smart Vision Comprehensive Visual Skills Assessment or Advanced Eye Health Test for any child or adult by calling Mosman Clinic (02) 9969 1600 or Bondi Clinic (02) 9365 5047, alternatively make an appointment online.
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