Living near a beach can be wonderful, especially when the weather is good, and you don’t have to be at work or school. One question that you might have is whether or not to take your glasses to the beach and, if so, how to keep them in good condition. Some factors might also require them to be worn for the majority of the time, such as strong prescriptions. By considering your own individual needs, personal enjoyment, and the likelihood of loss or damage, you will be able to make a more informed decision.
One worry that you might have is regarding any damage that might occur at the beach. Keeping your glasses in their case can help prevent any breakage, as well as scratching on the lens from sand. Another concern may be that your glasses might fall off when playing on the beach, or even swimming in the sea. This can be resolved by learning how to adjust glasses at home, which will enable you to make sure that they fit your face correctly, not being too loose or too tight, before you even set out for the day. These adjustments can help to prevent your glasses from slipping off your face, keeping them safe from damage.
If your vision is significantly reduced without the use of glasses or contact lenses, you might want to consider still wearing them in the sea. If this is the case, it is better to opt for glasses, rather than contact lenses. Although you may have concerns about losing your glasses in the waves, this won’t increase the likelihood of any damage to the eye. Using contact lenses while swimming can cause irritation to the eyes, and even cause inflammation. On top of this, there is still the risk that a contact lens might come out in the water, and become lost regardless, which can nullify the solution that contact lenses are a safer option to wearing your glasses.
If you only live a short walk from the beach, or plan to use public transport, you may not consider needing your glasses for the journey. However, you might also want to consider your eye needs should you choose to drive to the beach. In some states, you are required to wear glasses while driving if they were necessary for you to pass the eye test prior to obtaining your licence. Alongside this requirement, wearing your glasses can also help to improve your safety, and that of others. A beach trip should be enjoyable, so make sure that your travel is also safe and compliant.
If you do decide to leave your normal glasses at home, you may also want to consider the use of a prescription pair of sunglasses. These will allow you to still see clearly, but also have the added benefit of UV protection, which can be essential when you are out enjoying a sunny day by the sea.