Bluebird191
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Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Sun May 22, 2011 9:59 am

I'm taking my first long-haul flights in September and October (my previous longest flights have been 3:50 on CHC-BNE, and 3:30 on AKL-BNE), and I wear soft contact lenses. I have worn my contact lenses on those flights with no issues, but I am unsure how the contact lenses will go with long-haul flights. I will be travelling to Europe from my home airport of BNE - will be flying on SQ on the BNE-SIN-LHR (and LHR-SIN-BNE) routing, with the flight times being 8:10, 13:25, 12:50 and 7:50. Does anyone have any suggestions as to whether I could wear my contact lenses during the flights or should I wear the glasses for these flights?

Thanks a heap in advance.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Sun May 22, 2011 11:32 am

Well keep in mind this comes from the fact that I usually take late night flights, such as US to Asia, Australia and Europe: usually, I keep mine in for the start of the flight. Have my drinks, eat my dinner, and then take them out as they start to dry out at that point, and it's then time for me to get some sleep. If you have a PTV, unless your vision is very, very, very bad, you are still close enough (especially in Y) to the screen to see it without your contacts in. Likewise, I also have my glasses, but have never used them on the plane. My contacts usually go back in just before breakfast and arrival.

You won't want to wear your contacts all flight - they will get far, far too dry. Plus, and this may sound stupid but bear with me, my body is somewhat trained that when my vision becomes blurry (i.e. - contacts are out), it's time for bed...therefore, I do feel myself getting tired a lot quicker after my contacts come out, and I can fall asleep easier.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Sun May 22, 2011 6:30 pm

I have disposable contact lenses, I wear them until my eyes start to get uncomfortable, and then just take them out, throw them away and wear glasses for the remainder of the flight.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Sun May 22, 2011 6:55 pm

I also have one-day disposable contact lenses. When I did a similar trip LJU-FRA-HKG-SYD I wore them until the middle of the FRA-HKG sector, when I took them out to get some sleep and wore glasses, then I putted a new pair in at HKG.

On other long-haul flights with just one segment (like LHR-IAH or JFK-FRA) I just keep them in the whole flight, even if it is a red-eye and change them once I get home.
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Sun May 22, 2011 10:14 pm

Thanks guys - I might just do the trick of taking them out just before the first meal service of the initial flight then putting them back in close to the end of the second flight (the connector flights I have). My initial long-hauler departs BNE at 23:45 on September 11, and I'll be on the go for just over 24 hours to arrive into LHR at 15:30 on September 12.

Thanks a heap.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 12:38 am

Quoting Bluebird191 (Reply 4):
My initial long-hauler departs BNE at 23:45 on September 11, and I'll be on the go for just over 24 hours to arrive into LHR at 15:30 on September 12.

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Based on my personal experience. If boarding for an overnight flight, I wouldn't bother with the contact lenses at all. Assuming you've been wearing them all day, it gets really dry at night and will be even worse when you're on board a plane with dry air.

So from a comfort level point of view, I recommend just wearing your glasses for the entire journey. Your eyes will thank you  


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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 2:38 am

One suggestion that I've found- bring a small bottle of solution with you on the plane, even if you fill up your contact holder before you get on the plane. I don't know if it happens when the airplane pressurizes on takeoff or if it happens as the airplane depressurizes when it descends, but I've found the small amount of contact solution has a tendency to dry up or leak out when I fly. So if you plan to take your contacts out but don't want to throw them away, bring a bottle of solution on board with you so you have some solution to put them in.
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 4:40 am

I would vote for no contacts at all. On long haul flights any time at all you can sleep is valuable. If you feel like dozing off, you should be able to just close your eyes and relax. Even the thought of having to remove contacts will be disturbing. You will probably resist as long as possible before doing it and lose sleep in the process. If you do wear contacts and take them off, you will probably want the glasses handy in case there is something interesting to see, so they will be close by anyway. Just give up and wear them.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 6:04 am

As someone who wears them, I always wear my glasses on the long flight. If its a domestic, then, yes, contacts are ok, but when you know you want to get some shut eye, easier to take off glasses than stuff around removing the lenses.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 9:50 am

Great answers guys - thanks a heap. I'll hold off on the contact lenses for the flights - I'll put my glasses on prior to the first flight of both legs.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Mon May 23, 2011 10:55 pm

I used to carry a little case with solution in it but a few years ago I switched to Focus: Night and Day soft lenses. I'm a pilot on call 24/7 and have to get out the door quick and I can leave these things in for a couple months at a time with no problems at all. Just a drop of solution now and then if they get dry, usually when I wake up. Next time you go to your eye doctor, give them a try!
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Tue May 24, 2011 2:25 am

Quoting aklrno (Reply 7):

I would vote for no contacts at all.

     

Everyone is different. My eyes get dry on the flight and usually use some eye drops for comfort. For me, it's glasses until I get to my destination on any flight longer than 2 hours. My trip this week to Florida, glasses. Europe in September, glasses.

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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Tue May 24, 2011 8:10 pm

I have worn contacts for 31 years, and never yet owned a pair of prescription glasses. I take my contacts out before sleep, and put them in prior to landing.
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Thu May 26, 2011 1:47 am

Seems Im going against the majority, but I never have any issues with my daily disposables. Right enough, they are 'supposed' to self moisten every time you blink (who knows if they actually do...) but they are very comfortable and after a sleep I may feel them a little as opposed to not knowing they are there, but never in a way its super uncomfortable and I just have to get them out of there. I always bring a spare pair with me and first stop from the jetway is always the washroom to switch them over (and a couple of other things of course...)  
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Thu May 26, 2011 2:45 pm

I always wear contact lenses when I fly. To date, the longest flight I have flown is TLV-YYZ, at about 13 hours.

Rarely have I had a problem with moisture in my lenses. However, it was suggested to me that I use a solution called "GenTeal". It is an "artificial tear" solution, that keeps your eyes (and lenses) moist. I don't know if this is available just in Canada, or world-wide, but I am sure there are other products around.

It seems to do the trick, and as it is "medical" is does not fall under restrictions placed on passengers for carrying fluids.
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Tue May 31, 2011 3:41 pm

Quoting Kirkseattle (Reply 11):
Everyone is different. My eyes get dry on the flight and usually use some eye drops for comfort.
Quoting longhauler (Reply 14):
I always wear contact lenses when I fly.

Well, I have soft lenses and I keep them ALL the times- even for days without problems. I don't think its healthy, but no problem. Just completed Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Nan-Bangkok-Cairo-Frankfurt-Hamburg, incl. sleeping, without any problems- so carrying the lenses for more than 36hrs...
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Tue May 31, 2011 4:23 pm

I personally wear the month ones and I never wear them for flying at all. Too uncomfortable and too much faff to take them out.
 
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RE: Contact Lenses And Long-Haul Flights

Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:31 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 15):
Well, I have soft lenses and I keep them ALL the times- even for days without problems. I don't think its healthy, but no problem.

I use the 2 week lenses and I leave them in for the full time until I throw them out, including while I'm sleeping.

I think I'll take the contacts out before I board the flight then put them back in again once the flights start descending into LHR, then once again when I leave LHR to head back to BNE. It's not going to be a problem to have my glasses on for the flights, but I am rather fond of not having to wear glasses if I can get away with it, but I'd rather look after the contacts during the flights by not wearing them just in case something happens.

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