Recovery times for eye surgeries depending on how invasive the procedure was as well as the condition itself. After undergoing an operation of any kind, it’s important to talk to your optometrist about any restrictions on certain activities. That said, it would be a good idea to have an idea of which procedures might keep you from air travel for some time.
Here’s an overview:
1. Cataract Surgery
A patient that recently underwent cataract surgery can fly the next day if air travel is necessary. Altitude isn’t an issue here—what’s concerning is the physical distance from your optometrist. Patients need to be examined after undergoing cataract surgery and again five to eight days after the first consultation. As such, it’d be better for patients who underwent cataract surgery to postpone travel plans before you can complete all of the follow-up appointments or undergo a comprehensive computer vision exam.
2. Glaucoma Surgery
Normally, the change in pressure during air travel shouldn’t be a concern for patients who have recently undergone glaucoma surgeries. Still, it’s best to seek approval from your optometrist first.
3. Retina Repair Surgery
If you recently underwent retina repair surgery, you should wait for approval from your eye doctor. To repair detached or damaged retinas, an eye surgeon will need to inject a gas bubble that can hold it in place while the retina heals. If there’s any change in air pressure, this gas bubble can expand, cause vision damage and in some cases cause permanent vision loss.
4. Corneal Transplants
Since some transplants require the use of gas bubbles, the same restrictions on air travel can still be applied. If you have additional concerns about eye surgery, don’t hesitate to see your optometrist.
Eyes on Norbeck offers professional eye care services, including eye exams and prescription eyeglasses. To schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, call us at (301) 238-7199 or fill out this form. We serve patients in Rockville, MD, as well as the surrounding communities.