No one knows when a disaster will occur. We need to be prepared for times like this. You should think about an emergency preparedness plan as early as today to be prepared in times of unexpected events. You cannot pack the things you need when the disaster strikes at the moment. Panic will come first which will make you not be able to think about what you need. You might want to consider packing an emergency bag now when you are thinking clearly.
These are the tips recommended by your ophthalmologists to ensure your emergency bag is ready:
● An emergency kit is a must. Store all medications needed in a zipper closure plastic bag or sealed plastic container to protect them from debris and water. If you have a child with you, make sure you pack your kids’ needs.
● Do not pack a contact lens. It is best to leave contact lenses at home because we want to avoid eye infections. If you do not properly store lenses in contact lens solution, eye infection may occur. It is not a good idea to use bottled water as a substitute.
● Make sure that you have a backup pair of eyeglasses in your emergency kit. In case you lose your prescription glasses or reading glasses as you evacuate, you have an extra pair in your bag.
● Ensure that you have enough medication to consume. Some medications need regular intake. Buy an extra quantity of medication in case you are not able to buy them after the emergency.
● Make sure that you store your medication in a safe and dry place.
If you failed to pack and need medication or glasses during a disaster, consider checking with local emergency services or hospitals for help.
How to Protect Eyes During a Disaster
A disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes puts your eyes at risk. It is important to prioritize eye health and eye safety for disasters to prevent blindness. Make sure to include safety eyeglasses with side shields in your emergency preparedness kit. Having this will help you protect your eyes from particles and flying objects or dust.
Should I Visit My Ophthalmologist After a Disaster?
If everything is cleaned up after a disaster, schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist even if you do not feel anything. There may be instances where you do not notice that there is something in your eye during a disaster because of panic. An eye checkup by an ophthalmologist will confirm that your eyes are doing fine.