Is it safe to fly if I have an eye condition or have had an eye operation?

If you have an eye condition or have recently had an eye operation, you should check with your ophthalmologist if it is safe to fly in an aeroplane. The changes in air pressure experienced during a flight might not be good for your eyes. The re-circulated air inside the cabin can also be very drying.

Even if flying is safe, if you have recently had an eye operation your ophthalmologist might advise you not to travel in case you need to be able to attend an emergency appointment related to your surgery. If it is safe for you to travel, your ophthalmologist might ask you to be careful to make sure you follow any aftercare guidelines or treatments. These might be more difficult to follow if you are travelling.


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