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Now that we have been set free from home detention and airlines are slowly (and expensively)
restoring flights to all points of the globe, here are some tips to keep your eyes comfortable.

  1. Always pack spares. Spare glasses, extra contacts, and solutions if you need them, and put them in your carry on in case your bags are on a different schedule to you.
  2. Take some lubricants. Even if you don’t have an issue with dry eyes, the environment in a plane is quite dry, and disrupted sleep and staring at entertainment screens exaggerates dry eye symptoms. This goes double for those of us who wear contact lenses.
  3. Take regular breaks from screens (like between movies) to give your eyes focusing system a chance to relax, and to alleviate dry eye issues.
  4. Drink lots of water and go easy on the hard stuff. Not everyone wants to be on the evening news after an incident on a flight to Bali.
  5. Pack a change of clothes and underwear in your carry on. This has no impact on your eye health, but it’s a lesson I learned from a wise friend of mine, and I do it every time I fly.

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