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How long before flying after cataract surgery?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No restriction

As long as no gas was placed at the tine of your cataract surgery (which would be rare) then there is no restriction on flying postoperatively.

In brief: No restriction

As long as no gas was placed at the tine of your cataract surgery (which would be rare) then there is no restriction on flying postoperatively.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: A couple of days

Unlike older types of eye surgery, modern cataract surgery does not set limitations on activities such as flying.
Altitude changes do not adversely affect the healing after the procedure. More importantly, keep your scheduled post-operative appointments and if you do need to fly soon after surgery, make sure you will be near an area where there is an ophthalmologist, just to be safe.

In brief: A couple of days

Unlike older types of eye surgery, modern cataract surgery does not set limitations on activities such as flying.
Altitude changes do not adversely affect the healing after the procedure. More importantly, keep your scheduled post-operative appointments and if you do need to fly soon after surgery, make sure you will be near an area where there is an ophthalmologist, just to be safe.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Michael Ham
Let your surgeon know you will be leaving and traveling if it is within the first 3 weeks of the surgery. I have special instructions for those patients.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Right away

You can fly right away after an uncomplicated cataract surgery.
You do need the regular postoperative follow up exams as directed however.

In brief: Right away

You can fly right away after an uncomplicated cataract surgery.
You do need the regular postoperative follow up exams as directed however.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No restriction.

No flying restrictions.
But you need follow up with your doctor and if complications develop in the first week, you want someone you trust to help care for you.

In brief: No restriction.

No flying restrictions.
But you need follow up with your doctor and if complications develop in the first week, you want someone you trust to help care for you.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology

In brief: Same day if needed

In most cases, if no complications, a patient can fly same day if needed: just no bending, lifting, straining for 5-7 days after surgery.
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

In brief: Same day if needed

In most cases, if no complications, a patient can fly same day if needed: just no bending, lifting, straining for 5-7 days after surgery.
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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