AskNadia: Scared to Fly Airplanes After My Glaucoma Surgery

Dear Nadia,

I am a type 2 diabetic with glaucoma from my diabetes. My Doctor tells me it is OK to fly on airplanes after my surgery. But, I am scared something might happen.


Dear Beth,

Being diagnosed with glaucoma means that the fluids in your eyes were not draining properly which could be a result of high blood sugars. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. However, your A1C which gives you your average blood sugar readings will tell you if your glaucoma is in fact from high blood sugars.

Altitude Controls Adjust Ascending and Descending Pressure When Flying

The air planes do adjust the pressure in the cabins as you ascend 30,000 to 35,000 feet. When the air plane descends this can also increase the pressure in your eye but the internal altitude controls will adjust the pressure appropriately; providing minimal pressure where the pressure in your eyes can adjust rather quickly.

If you travel often by plane and have advanced circulatory pressure, then you should check in with your ophthalmologist and get their opinion. If you are unsatisfied with your Ophthalmologist’s opinion, look for anther Ophthalmologist in your healthcare network. You can also Google them to see what patients have said about them.

Did you Know That Eating Vegetables Prevents Glaucoma?

A new study completed by a team at Harvard Medical School has found that eating green leafy vegetables every day could lessen the risk of developing glaucoma. This risk could be reduced by 20%-30% when compared to people who ate a limited amount of these vegetables.


Glaucoma Association

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