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    5 lens care tips for traveling patients

    Keep your patients in safe and comfortable lens wear while on the road

    Many of our patients travel for both business and pleasure. They are traveling across the country and abroad, often spending more time outdoors, in the pool, by the lake or ocean, and in the dry air of an aircraft. Are you talking with your patients about best practices for contact lens wear and care while they travel?

    Related: Why accountable contact lens fitting matters

    The annual exam is the perfect opportunity to discuss additional contact lens care and hygiene that may not normally apply while at home. For example, if your patient is traveling to a developing country, it might be best for her to leave her contact lenses at home and just wear glasses. The water quality and other risks of infections could potentially be dangerous for our contact lens-wearing patients. However, we know that most patients want to continue wearing their contact lenses during travel. We need to help them do that safely.

    Here are five tips to help keep your patients safe and comfortable when wearing contact lenses. Share them with all of your patients so they’re ready for whenever or wherever they travel.

    Related: How to keep athletes’ eyes healthy in contact lenses

    1. Pack contact lens gear in a carry-on bag, not checked baggage

    This includes glasses, back-up pairs of contact lenses, lens care solutions, and rewetting drops. If all of these items were in checked bags and the patient’s luggage was lost, your patient would be facing the challenge of contacting your office for additional trial contact lenses or to have a copy of the prescription sent to her location. This huge hassle can be prevented by recommending patients to carry their eyecare necessities on the plane with them. Be sure to offer trial-size bottles of lens care solutions and rewetting drops.

    Brittany Mitchell, OD
    Dr. Brittany Mitchell practices at Alabama Vision Center in Birmingham, AL, in an OD/MD setting. She is a graduate of the University of ...


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