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June 25, 1982

Air Transportation After Eye Surgery

JAMA. 1982;247(24):3315. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490019024

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To the Editor.—  As a former Air Force flight surgeon and a current Federal Aviation Agency aeromedical examiner, I enjoyed the recent SPECIAL COMMUNICATION in The Journal entitled "Medical Aspects of Transportation Aboard Commercial Aircraft" (1982;247:1007) and believe that it should be required reading for all physicians who fly or who have patients who fly. However, as an ophthalmologist, I would take issue with the statement that recent eye surgery is a contraindication to travel by commercial aircraft. The only time I believe flying would be contraindicated is if an air bubble is left within the eye. This occasionally occurs after retinal detachment surgery and after some cataract extractions, but most bubbles only persist for a day or two before they are completely absorbed. Naturally, if an air bubble was present the prohibition against flying would be the same as with any other trapped air in any other part of