With the stunning weather we have been enjoying recently you probably have not given much thought to your summer holiday in some exotic sun drenched location. Wherever your dream holiday location is in the world you will want to get the maximum enjoyment from your time away from home.
From now till late October I will have a regular stream of visitors popping into my practice having lost their glasses or forgotten to bring their contact lenses. For tourists who don’t live in the UK it frequently comes as a shock to find out they cannot simply walk in and buy glasses or contact lenses over the counter. British law states you need a valid prescription to obtain glasses (with the exception of simple reading specs) or contact lenses. Many countries have similar arrangements. Just imagine how you would feel having travelled thousands of miles to step off the plane and not be able to see the wonderful scenery clearly.
As you plan for your holiday please think about how you would cope if you broke your glasses or forgot your contact lenses. It makes sense to carry spare glasses or contact lenses and their solutions in your hand baggage. Judging by the fiasco this last weekend with British Airways and luggage being left behind you should keep spare contact lenses and solution in your hand baggage and not hold baggage. Your optometrist can supply smaller bottles of contact lens solutions that comply with airline hand baggage regulations.
If you are driving to your holiday destination you should always have a spare pair of distance glasses in the car. In many European countries it is a legal requirement for drivers to carry a spare pair. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t drive your car without a spare tyre. Why risk ruining your holiday?