Advice For The Disabled Traveler The Visually Impaired Traveler

Travelers needing eyeglasses should take an extra pair during travel, as well as a copy of their current prescription. Tools for emergency eyeglass repairs, sold in pharmacies or at opticians' offices, may come in handy.

Contact lens wearers should take all required equipment and solutions with them, as well as an extra pair of glasses. Iodine-purified water should not be used for lens care as it will permanently stain lenses. Daily disposable contact lenses are an attractive, relatively inexpensive, maintenance-free alternative to conventional contact lenses.

Blind travelers may prefer to travel with a companion, who may be eligible for discounted fares. If this is not possible, special arrangements can be made ahead of time to facilitate check-in, transfers, etc. Inquiries should be made at the time of booking. International travel with guide dogs can be a problem; certain countries will impose quarantine for imported animals. Travelers should contact the embassy or consulate of their destination(s) if considering travel with a guide dog, and should remember to inquire at home about restrictions for re-entry after travel.

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