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I developed flashes and floaters. I went to an eye specialist and had a complete exam of my eye after it was dilated. Do you think it is usually safe to fly if the retina is not detached, but you are still getting flashes?

Yes, you can fly in an airplane. The only time flying isn’t safe is when you have a gas bubble or air bubble in your eye after retina surgery. That is because rapid changes in air pressure during flying can cause problems with the bubble.

Answered by: John Kitchens, MD Dr. John W. Kitchens

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Apr 05, 2014

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