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Diagnosed with high eye pressure - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I was told yesterday that I have a high pressure of 28. I am going on holiday in 4 weeks, with a 8hr flight. Is this safe?
User :   she didn't check my BP but usually it's around118/62-- She sid my eye pressure was 28
Doctor :   118/62 is absolutely normal
Doctor :   blood pressure never be in twi digits
User :   I meant to say EYE pressure!! I had an eye test!
Doctor :   The generally accepted normal mean eye pressure (intraocular pressure - IOP) value is 15.5 mmHg
Doctor :   The normal pressure ranges from 10 to 21 mmHg.
Doctor :   for practical purpose more 22 is abnormal and is considered to have high Glaucoma
User :   so mine is quite high then? Is oit safe to fly?
User :   any advice?
Doctor :   This is a complicated question as there are so many factors involved in altitude and travel and the effects on the eye
Doctor :   The issues is in research
Doctor :   but in general if the health condition is good it will not cause any problem
Doctor :   But I will straongly recommnedn you to get medication before you travel
User :   what medication?
Doctor :   Who has examined your eyes?
Doctor :   eye specialist?
User :   my optician and she has now refered me to the local hospital
Doctor :   Optician did screening
User :   not eye specialist yet
User :   yes
Doctor :   but you need to consult EYE specialist to verify the the eye pressure any any other abnomalities n the yes
Doctor :   this needs thorough eye examination
User :   OK thanks, hopefully I will get an appointment soon!
Doctor :   Most of the examinations is done by tools
Doctor :   *done
Doctor :   So going to travel, without eye examinations at this time, may worsen the pressure
Doctor :   Did the discussion help?
User :   Yes, it was good to speak to someone, as you can imagine all sorts of thoughts are going round in my head at the moment!!
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Bye
Doctor :   take care'
User :   Thanks for the advice, I will make sure I get seen ASAP. Bye
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