Eye Problems when travelling

When travelling abroad and taking in the sights, the last thing you want is an eye problem that will stop you from seeing that the wonders the world has to offer.

Common eye problems are vast and wide ranging, and in terms of severity can fall anywhere on between slightly irritating to potentially threatening causes of blindness. While issues such as dry eyes – which occurs when tear glands cannot make enough tears, thus resulting in discomfort, itching, or burning – and tearing – which arises when the eye produces too many tears due to a light, wind or temperature sensitivity – are relatively harmless and easy to treat, some eye conditions are more than just an irritation.

What are the symptoms of eye problems?

Conjunctivitis, for example, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva caused often by infection or allergies. It can result in itchy and burning eyes, blurred vision, green, white and yellow discharge from the eye and crusting over the eyelashes, and redness. If you believe you have any symptoms that denote dry eyes or tearing, it is best to try to visit a doctor or eye specialist. Some special eye drops that stimulate real tears might be required, or the doctor may simply advise that you invest in a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the elements, but in rare cases symptoms may stem from an eye infection or a blocked tear duct, and surgery may be required. Similarly, if you believe you have any of these symptoms of conjunctivitis you should seek medical advice. While this particular eye problem usually clears up within a few days, it may be the case that you may require antibiotic eye drops to fully rid your eyes of bacteria.

What should I do if I’m suffering from eye problems?

While it is likely the case that you will be aware of any more serious, ongoing eye problems before you travel, you should be prepared for all eventualities while travelling abroad. Eye problems such as corneal diseases, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal disorders are all things to keep an eye out for!

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, while cataracts are the main cause of impaired vision worldwide. If you notice that your vision has become cloudy, that there are changes in the way you see colour, or if you have double vision, you should immediately seek medical advice as these are symptoms of cataracts. You may require an eye examination, or even surgery. Similarly, corneal eye problems are a major cause of eye pain, blurred vision, tearing, redness, and extreme sensitivity to light. If you spot any of these symptoms you may require antibiotics or antifungal eye drops, so a trip to the doctors is advisable.

How can I seek treatment for eye problems?

Regular eye checks and visits to the opticians are always a good idea, particularly before travelling. Furthermore, if you notice any change in your vision, or irritability of the eyes, it is always best to seek medical advice.

However, if you need advice whilst travelling abroad don’t hesitate to contact TripMedic – we will arrange a consultation with a medical practitioner in your own language.

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