It is always a good idea to speak to your eye doctor about your travel history, especially if you are about to undergo a procedure or have been diagnosed with a specific condition. In either situation, certain activities may have to be limited, including flying. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations to facilitate healing following the procedure or until the symptoms of a certain eye disorder subsides.
Today, Eye & Vision Care, your local provider of prescription glasses and contacts, shares the eye conditions and procedures that may keep you from flying.
Air travel is only possible if your doctor says it’s safe to do so following a retinal repair surgery. After repairing the torn or detached retina, a gas bubble is injected to hold the retina in place until it heals completely. Flying or any other activity that involves major air pressure changes, like scuba diving, can cause the bubble to expand, causing serious damage and blindness. Until your doctor confirms that the gas bubble is gone, you’ll have to stay at about the altitude of your surgery.
Procedures on the Outer Part of the Eye
Flying right after procedures on the outer part of the eye, like the removal of a benign, fleshy growth (pterygium surgery) or eyebrow-lifting surgery, isn’t restricted for the most part. However, you have to make sure you see your doctor for follow-up eye exam visits, keep the eye clean, and prevent the eye and surgical wound from drying out on the flight. Just to be sure, schedule your flight some other time so you can better take care of your eyes.
Certain corneal transplant surgeries involve placing an air or gas bubble in the eye. Like the retinal repair surgery, flying can be extremely dangerous if this is part of the procedure. Be sure to speak with your ophthalmologist about air travel if you’ve had it.
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