Hol­i­day Time

The Oban Times - - Leisure - with John Wal­lace

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?

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