Air Travelling & Eye-Conditions

When we feel in distress or in pain, anywhere on our body, it goes without saying that we are concerned that travelling by air, can put our physical health in jeopardy. Especially if a person is recovering from an eye-surgery or if he/she is diagnosed with an eye-condition. Yes, you should always be in direct communication with your sergeant, doctor or physician in case you have any concerns or underlying issues that concern you, prior to your travel arrangements.


There are some surgeries that may cause severe problems (some even blindness) if you choose to travel by air, within a short period after you have had them, and without the prior approval of your ophthalmologist. Corneal transplant and retina repair surgery, are two examples of surgeries that could pose a risk for further damage, if you do not get your doctor’s consent prior to flying. Other minor and more common surgeries, such as cataract or glaucoma, are usually considered safe for travelling by air (always with the consent of your doctor).


Some important advice regarding Eye safety during Travelling by plane, or generally travelling, is given by the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and we would like to share this advice with you:


  • If you are travelling by plane, and it is expected to be a long journey, prefer to take off your contact lenses, and prefer wearing your eyeglasses. This way your eyes will be rested and your contact lenses will stay hydrated, in their box.
  • Take with you (in your handbag), artificial drops (lubricating Eye Drops), for you to hydrate your eyes, keep them moisture and offer your eyes some relief in case of discomfort, while you are in the plane.
  • During your travelling, and especially when you are having fun, it is highly possible when you wear your eyeglasses to be a bit neglectful and not that cautious. To avoid losing time from your vacation, searching for opticians and ophthalmologists, it is highly advised that you take 2 pairs of your eyeglasses with you and same if you are wearing contact lenses.
  • In the chance you get injured or notice any different symptoms that you normally do not experience with your vision, it is better that you take the time and visit an ophthalmologist the soonest, rather than waiting your return for a visit to your doctor. It is safer that you treat any symptoms or injuries at the moment they appear or happen, to be sure that minor issues are resolved on spot, rather than risking to have greater issues in the future.


Concluding, we would like to point out that the most important thing is to be in contact with your ophthalmologist, especially when you are facing a serious eye-condition. You should not skip or miss any appointments with your eye-doctor, as to always be sure that you are receiving the proper treatment at all stages of your condition. Having an eye-related issue, should not be limiting your ability to enjoy travelling, but always following the proper medical advice and guidance.
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