Dry eyes while on vacation – an underestimated problem

The phrase “vacation illness” makes most people think of gastrointestinal problems, sunburn, allergies or food poisoning – but not of dry eyes. Yet precisely when travelling, there is a lot which can encourage and even make worse the characteristic symptoms such as burning, itching and foreign body sensation. A few precautions and lubricating eye drops from the pharmacy can prevent this.

The following factors encourage the development of dry eyes during a trip

There are some “stress factors” to which your eyes are subjected on your way to your vacation and at your resort. These include:

  • Blowers: draughts, whether in a car, a train or in a plane are always bad for your eyes. The flow of air makes the tear film rupture – your eye dries out.
  • Direct sunlight: in some vacation destinations, the sun is a lot stronger than in Germany. The UV light can cause inflammatory irritation of your eyes.
  • Wind: gusts of wind, as occur in coastal regions for example, can lead to dry eyes.
  • Chlorinated water: the water in swimming pools also irritates your eyes.
  • Air-conditioning units: not only the heating dries out room air and attacks and destabilises the lacrimal fluid, so too do air-conditioning units.

All these factors result in your eyes not being lubricated with enough fluid. This leads to irritation, often to redness and the sensation of having a foreign body in the eye.

Simple measures can help prevention

Basically, your eyes should be protected from negative influences. If you can have an influence on the blowers in your transportation to and from your destination, you should make sure that the ventilation slits are not aiming at your or your children’s eyes. Protect your eyes at your resort with sunglasses. This has two simultaneous benefits: UV rays are filtered out and at the same time, no wind gets into your eyes. The same effect can be achieved with a sun hat with a broad brim which you pull low over your face.

It is best to wear swimming goggles when you go swimming in the pool, so that no chlorine gets into your eyes. If you do not want to do this, you should at least abstain from going underwater. It is also sensible not to spend too much time in heavily air-conditioned buildings, such as shopping centres, and also not to have the air-conditioning in the hotel room operating continuously.

In addition, there are a few general things which you can pay attention to with regard to dry eyes:

  • Make sure you drink enough. Two litres a day is ideal. If it is really hot, you can easily have a litre more.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses almost round the clock. These can further dry out your eyes.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke.

Lubricating eye drops counteract dry eyes

Eye drops from the pharmacy can be used both quickly and simply as required and also easily carried in hand luggage. Therefore, they are the ideal companion on your vacation trip. Make sure that your products does not contain any preserving agents. These would only further irritate your already stressed eyes.

Here you have an overview of the preservative-free HYLO® EYE CARE products range.

More interesting pages

Cookie settings and data transmission in third countries

This website uses cookies. By clicking on the respective box, you can give your revocable consent for all cookies or only for essential cookies or for selected cookie groups. For more information about each cookie, click on „Individual cookie settings“.

The website also implements services (e.g. those of the provider Google) through which a data transfer to the USA takes place. So if you agree to the use of the services by clicking on the corresponding button/box, you agree to this third country data transfer at the same time. The US is currently considered an unsafe third country within the meaning of the GDPR; Data transfer to the US carries risks (particularly with regard to the ability of US authorities to access the data). For more information on data processing and its authorization as well as on your influence, please refer to our data protection notices.

You can revoke/adjust your consent at any time by clicking on „Individual cookie settings“ and selecting the appropriate.