Can You Fly With Retinal Detachment?

The answer in short is yes, in almost all cases.

Eye conditions which preclude safe air travel are rare.

However, if you have a recent onset of light flashes and/or new floaters, have your eyes examined prior to travel to rule out a retinal tear or detachment, especially if you are traveling to a remote location.

Can you fly on a plane with a detached retina?

Importantly, you will be instructed not to fly in an airplane or travel to high altitudes until your ophthalmologist determines that the gas bubble is gone. Flying or traveling to high altitudes can cause pressure build-up within the eye and permanent loss of vision.

How soon can you fly after a detached retina?

As a rough guide, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says that before flying, you should allow: 1 day after simple cataract or corneal laser surgery. 1 day after a colonoscopy. 1 to 2 days after keyhole surgery.

Can you fly with eye problems?

If you have an eye condition or have recently had an eye operation, you should check with them first if it is safe to fly. The changes in air pressure experienced during a flight might not be good for your eyes.

Can you fly with macular degeneration?

Before air-travel with macular degeneration, it’s always best to check with a medical professional that it’s safe for you to fly. In fact, it’s a condition of our travel insurance that you’re considered medically fit to travel by your doctor.