While the effects of LASIK can heal substantially even after a single day, people who wear eyeglasses and contact lenses might find flying to be a little difficult. Changes in air pressure experienced during a flight can exert some strain on the eyes. Moreover, the heavily air conditioned air inside the cabin can also be very drying and your post-surgery eyes can still be a little sensitive to bright lights.
Knowing which eye procedures or exams can leave your eyes too fragile will help you plan your trips and air travel in advance. This is particularly important for people who fly a lot for work or leisure. Here are a few flight-friendly eye care tips from our specialists at AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care.
Your ophthalmologist can give you proper post-procedure eye care guidelines. Getting their advice before a flight is always a good idea especially, if you have specialized eyeglasses or have recently had eye surgery. You may also be required to maintain access to your clinic in case an emergency appointment is needed. Serious conditions that require plenty of post-procedure care and treatment might also discourage all travels for the time being.
Post Surgery Eye Care
Retinal surgery sometimes requires a doctor to use microscopic air bubbles. These bubbles can expand with pressure differences and cause problems when flying. This can potentially result in retinal tearing, and require prompt medical attention and treatment to avoid any serious vision problems.
Think Twice About Flying
Low relative humidity conditions in airplane cabins during a flight can intensify dry eye symptoms. Wearing contact lenses can also greatly exacerbate this condition. Eyeglasses can be a temporary relief but they can be too much of a hassle when travelling. Dry eyes are common after LASIK and should normally not cause any concern.
At AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, our team can help your eyes recover with the right guidance post-surgery. Give us a call at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation appointment with our specialists today. We serve the areas of Norfolk, VA, and the nearby communities.