Traveling can be an opportunity for lots of fun experiences, like bonding with family, discovering new places, and enjoying new experiences and cuisine.

Unfortunately, that enjoyment can be disrupted by lost or broken glasses.

Rather than carry on and get increasingly frustrated there are solutions to eliminate the effects of lost or broken glasses.

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If you lose or break your glasses while away you could find a local optometrist where you are holidaying. They might be able to fix your glasses if it’s a missing screw or nose pad, but if you need to replace your glasses you may not be able to get them for a number of days, or over a week – which could be quite problematic, especially if you need your glasses to drive, or see anything beyond an arm’s length away.

The best solution

So if you are unfortunate to lose or break your glasses, it’s great to be able to simply pull out the spare pair you packed before leaving. It is always a good idea to pack an extra pair, as you never know when they will be needed.

Pack carefully

To lessen the chance of breaking your spare pair (and your original pair) it’s a good idea to always store your glasses in a hard case. Packing your glasses in luggage, a purse, or bag is a recipe for disaster. If your luggage or bag gets dropped or squished, a hard case provides extra protection.

Good reasons for a spare pair

Here’s a few good reasons why a spare pair of glasses or sunglasses are a worthwhile investment in time and money.

1. Accidents happen
Glasses are really easy to drop, step on, crush, bend and break. And if you’re travelling replacing glasses when away can be complicated and time-consuming.

2. Sunglasses protect your eyes
The great vision and comfort you get from your glasses doesn’t protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Prescription sunglasses block the sun’s rays, which, without protection, can lead to macular degeneration and other vision issues. And this applies in winter as well as summer. So if you’re going on holidays and going to spend time outdoors and in glary situations like the beach or on the water protect your eyes with good quality sunglasses that block out UV light.

3. You should have glasses as a backup to your contact lenses
If you wear contact lenses, having a backup pair of eyeglasses helps when you contract an eye infection, forget to pack extra contacts for a trip or have a lens rip unexpectedly.

If your eyes get red or watery from allergies, you should not wear contact lenses until the allergy has cleared up.

It’s also good to have a pair of glasses that you are comfortable going out in public with, when you can’t wear contact lenses.

4. You spend a lot of time looking at screens
If you work at a computer or on a laptop all day and are checking your phone into the night, you’re at increased risk for computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain.
Symptoms include eye fatigue, headaches, blurred vision and red eyes.

Digital eye strain also can result in a sore neck, shoulders and back from tipping or leaning your head back to compensate for your blurred vision.

Some people benefit from customised computer glasses equipped with modified lens power and anti-reflective coating. Blue-light filtering lenses can also help decrease glare.

A spare pair of glasses is like an insurance policy

Accidents happen, having a spare pair of glasses is like having an insurance policy in case you break or lose your glasses.

Those extra glasses can save you:

Time: It can take a week or more to get a new pair of prescription glasses.

Trouble: How will you see without your glasses?

If you rely on your glasses, having a second pair is peace of mind - if you’re incapacitated due to losing or breaking your glasses - even for just a couple of days, it changes everything.

So where would you be without your glasses?