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How soon can you fly after cataract surgery?
Flying away from the city where your ophthalmologist resides is more of concern of separation from your surgeon than of altitude. Most people could fly the day after cataract surgery if that was needed. Almost all ophthalmologists require their patients to be examined the first day after cataract surgery and again at about 5-8 days. This is period of time where rare, but potentially serious, complications would likely be detected, if they were to occur. I suggest that you talk to your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) and ask him/her for advice on early post operative air travel.
Answered by: Wayne Bizer, DO
Answered: May 18, 2011
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