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Muzychuk AK, Adatia FA, Ford BA, Kherani AM. Commercial Air Travel With a Small Intravitreous Gas Bubble. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(6):805–820. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.144
Although the risks of air travel with an intravitreous gas bubble have been well documented, there have been suggestions in the literature that such a flight may be safe under certain conditions, especially with small bubbles. We report a case of significant visual field loss following commercial air travel in a patient with a 10% intravitreous perfluoropropane gas fill.
A 64-year-old man with a history of retinal detachment in the left eye visited his ophthalmologist with a 24-hour history of an “explosion” of floaters in the right eye. His history was also remarkable for glaucoma, for which he was receiving 2 medications but had no glaucomatous damage evident in the right eye on optical coherence tomography and visual field testing (Figure 1A and Figure 2A).
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