ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the last long weekend of summer, Labor Day may provide people with a final warm-weather opportunity to leave town and discover new places. Unfortunately with travel comes many opportunities to misplace or lose personal items – including vital sunglasses, reading glasses or both. In advance of this travel-heavy holiday, The Vision Council offers eye-opening results from a recent proprietary survey, as well as tips for travelers to keep an eye on their eyewear during upcoming travel.
Sunglasses are a must when it comes to travel. Not only do they protect the eyes from the sun's harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays – which are at play in all locations despite the weather or season – but they're also must-have fashion accessories to elevate anyone's look. As an added bonus, they're ideal for women who want to remain incognito on makeup-free days after long-distance travel. Although sunwear is such a travel necessity, according to The Vision Council's recent VisionWatch survey, 57.6 percent of respondents stated they lost their sunglasses in transit somewhere, and 47.2 percent replaced their lost sunglasses within one to two weeks. Women are more likely to misplace their sunglasses than men, with 63.1 percent of women and 51.8 percent of men losing their sunglasses in transit.
Additionally, over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses and sun readers are key essentials for those packing for a trip. Since they help people – mainly those in the over 50 age group – see fine, smaller print more clearly, they're ideal for reading maps, directions, books, restaurant menus and more. But based on The Vision Council's survey results, 58.1 percent of respondents reported they lost their reading glasses in transit somewhere, with 68.1 percent replacing them within one to two weeks. Women are more likely to lose their reading glasses than men, with 62.5 percent of women and 54.4 percent of men losing their reading glasses in transit.
The Vision Council offers these simple tips for travelers to keep track of their favorite frames during the upcoming holiday weekend and beyond.
- Purchase multiple pairs for various locations. Developing an arsenal of sunglasses and/or reading glasses based on your eyewear needs allows you to keep pairs in different easy-to-access spots. Depending on how or where you're traveling, these are some of the key areas to store pairs of frames: the car; the bag you're carrying in transit, such as a purse or a fanny pack; any other pieces of luggage you have; and your rental home or hotel room. That way, you'll always have a pair handy, without having to move the same pair from place to place.
- Keep your frames in a case when they aren't on your face. When you purchase a pair of sunglasses and/or reading glasses, they are typically given to you in a soft or a hard case. Be sure to hold on to the case and store your frames inside when you're not wearing them – the simple act of putting them back in the case and storing them in the same spot will become a habit and make you less likely to lose them. If your frames didn't come with a case, purchase one to serve as a storage spot for your frames. A case will also keep your frames from becoming damaged when they're not being worn.
- Consider using an eyewear chain or croakies. Attaching an eyewear chain, sometimes called an eyewear necklace or cord, or croakies onto your sunglasses and/or reading glasses allows you to keep them hanging from your neck at all times. Just don't forget to remove them when you're finished and store them in a case until their next use.
For more information, please visit thevisioncouncil.org.
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SOURCE The Vision Council