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ask: after surgery for a detached retina how long do you wait until you can fly, does flight duration come in to it

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for your question!
If you do not have a bubble, you can fly. If you do have a gas bubble in the eye, flying is not allowed because the bubble will expand rapidly in size at the reduced cabin air pressure. The high pressure caused by the expanding bubble will occlude the central artery and may even rupture the surgical wounds. This gas bubble will go away within 4-8 weeks.

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