A trip to the UK is one of the bucket list travel destinations for many people in Europe and all around the globe. Visiting the country of legendary literary figures, like Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and of iconic fictional characters, like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Harry Potter, and also taking in the combination of modern and busy cities and the quiet and picturesque countryside make it impossible not to want to go there.
If you want to make sure that you take good care of your eyes while you’re travelling to and exploring the UK, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a few tips that you should follow during your trip so that you can have a blast in the UK without any eye problems.
Learn about the UK health system
I agree that it is dull to spend time learning about the health system of another country, but you should know if you will be charged for being transferred to a hospital in case something goes wrong.
In the UK, tourists will have to pay for any treatment they have been given by the National Health Service, or NHS. The only case tourists do not get charged is when they visit an emergency centre.
If something bad happens to your eyes, it is better to go to the hospital and get the treatment you need – even if that means paying for it – or visiting an optician in Southampton because not detecting and treating an eye problem promptly might lead to more serious problems.
Bring your sunglasses
The UK is famous for its overcast and rainy weather. You shouldn’t let this prevent you from packing your sunglasses or prescription sunglasses if you need them. When the sun does come out, you have to make sure that you don’t look at it directly because this can cause serious vision impairments.
Before buying or using a pair of sunglasses, check that it protects you from the ultraviolet rays, which can be dangerous for our eyes.
Take a nap
I guess that you have planned a bazillion things to do every single day in the UK, and sleeping isn’t one of them. However, I would recommend adding a slot for an one-hour nap after lunch. Napping will not only energise you for the rest of the day but also help your eyes rest. If you don’t take a minute to rest your eyes, they will need to work harder which means that they will need to shut down while you’re still out and you won’t be able to enjoy the moment.
Be mindful of what you eat
It goes without saying that while you are in the UK you have to try all the delicious traditional English foods, like fish and chips, the famous English breakfast, scones and Yorkshire puddings. However, you should try to keep a balanced diet and include some healthier options in your diet. Besides the overall importance of staying at a healthy weight and not filling your body solely with oily and sugary processed food, the way you eat affects your eyesight. Go to the supermarket and buy some fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, nuts, eggs and beans as they are all good for your eyes.