Flying after laser for retinal tear

 

 

Country
Canada
Age
24
Gender
Male
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
No
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?

Retinal tear, surgery to fix is upcoming. 

Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
No
Do you use any eye drops?
No
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

Nearsighted, not a strong prescription. 

Question

 

 

Hi,

I'm getting laser surgery to fix a retinal tear soon. Will I be able to travel by plane afterwards? My internet search suggests that the only concern is if they use a bubble, but that's only used for a detached retina? But I'd like clarification. My ophthalmologist was incredibly unhelpful.

Thanks

 

Answer

Thanks for your Question

You can fly after getting laser treatment for retinal tear but you can't fly if you have retinal detached that is treated with intraocular injection of gas.

Most of the time, retinal tears are treated by laser alone without any other intervention but sometimes if fluid starts to build up under retina, intraocular injection of gas is required with laser to prevent retinal detachment.

You should discuss that with your doctor and he should explain to you all the possibilities and what you can and can't do after laser treatment.

 

 

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