A Holiday Guide to Prescription Glasses

During this holiday season, it is essential to wear the correct eye protection. The most dangerous conditions are caused by glare resulting from intense sunlight that is reflected from the road surface, the bonnet, windscreen, 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, offers insight on prescription sunglasses during the holidays, whether it is road tripping, night driving or spending the day at the beach.

Keep your prescription sunglasses safe

Keep glasses safe in case to prevent them from getting damaged while travelling.  “Placing the glasses in a case also protects them from direct sunlight,” says Rodney. Do not leave glasses out in the sun. Heat can damage the lens coating and the frames.

In case of loss of prescription glasses or a contact lens, it is always a good idea to travel with an extra pair of sunglasses. “Make sure that the glasses have the current prescriptions and are in good condition,” says Rodney.

Contact lens wearers should also store contact lenses in a cool place. Contact lenses can be damaged if the temperature of the cleaning solution rises above 30 degrees Celsius.

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Keep a repair and cleaning kit

Minor damage to the glasses, such as tightening or loosening the screws can be easily done with a repair kit.

Remember to clean the eyeglass lens regularly as it may have caught dust or sweat. “Do not clean lenses with a used towel or t-shirt as sand particles from the beach,” says Rodney. Tiny-sand particles scratch the lens, making them unusable.

Ensure that glasses are cleaned with luke warm water.

Contact lenses

Contact lenses are a convenient replacement for glasses when spending time on the beach.

Disposable contact lenses do not require special care, and are well-suited for many different situations.

Have hand sanitiser on hand. It is important that hands remain clean and hygienic when handling or touching the eyes. “There are many bacteria that the hands contract and when contact is made with the eye, it can cause a bacterial infection,” says Rodney. For adventurous travellers when soap and water is not accessible, bottled hand sanitiser is recommended.

Driving glasses is a must

“Driving glasses protect from harmful UV light, making it ideal during daily activities at the beach, and road tripping during the day and at night,” says Rodney. Driving glasses are particularly designed to improve motorists vision by cutting out glare.

A common distraction for drivers during dusk and dawn is the sun glare, which may distort vision momentarily. An anti-glare coating on the lenses eliminates glare from vision, and may prevent accidents.

There are lens coatings that are optimised for low light conditions, making it easier to drive at night.

Polarisation of lenses is a must, as it minimises irritable reflections. At night, the anti-reflective coating reduces the reflection from bright lights, headlights, and street lamps.

Visit a Smart Vision Optometrist before travelling

Healthy vision is a must to ensure the safety of motorists this holiday season. “Make sure that prescription lenses are up-to-date and correct,” says Rodney.

Smart Vision Optometry clinics are located in Sydney, Australia. Book a Smart Vision Comprehensive Vision Skills Assessment or Advanced Eye Health Test for any child or adult by calling the Mosman clinic (02) 9969 1600 or the Bondi clinic (02) 9365 5047, alternatively book an appointment online.

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