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Is flying advisable when having eye problem? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Apr-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Vision and Eye Disorders
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User:Hi, I am a 38 year old female and woke up this morning with blood in my eye. I'm due to get on a flight in about 2 hours (1.5 hr flight), and another international flight on Monday. Is there risk in flying?
Doctor:Can you describe the blood in eye?
User:It's mostly on the top of the eye, above my pupil, and also a bit on the sides.
User:Very red in color
User:The other eye is fine.
Doctor:Is it inside the eye lining
User:I think so? It's not bleeding out of the eye, just remaining in same place.
Doctor:It seems like subconjunctival hemorrhage
Doctor:It is harmless
Doctor:You can go on flight
Doctor:No issues
Doctor:It will take some time to heal
Doctor:No medicines necessary
User:OK, thanks. Is there a risk that flying would make it worse? I flew yesterday and had trouble clearing my ears, so I'm assuming today will be the same!
Doctor:No risk to eyes
User:OK. Thanks.
Doctor:For ears you need to swallow somthing while the plane is taking off and is coming down
User:That makes sense!
Doctor:Also do not rub your eyes
Doctor:Do you have any other question?
User:No, that's all. Thanks for your help.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting
Doctor:Take care
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