Question: How long after having cataractsurgery do I have to wait to fly?
Answer: The best answer would be provided by your cataract surgeon. However, assuming that you have relatively routine cataract surgery without complications-most cataract surgeons require their patients to be examined the first day after cataract surgery and again at about 5-8 days after a cataract operation. This is the period of time where rare, but potentially serious, complications would likely be detected, if they were to occur. Beyond this period of time it is more a matter of making sure that you have access to continued follow up care at your cataract surgeon’s direction. If you are contemplating a trip after your cataract surgery you should discuss this with your cataract surgeon and they can give you any additional advice you might need regarding air travel as it would apply to your post operative instructions.
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