Bladeless Cataract Surgery, Flying & Air Travel

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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During traditional cataract surgery, a small surgical tool is used to access the lens of the eye. This method is safe and has given countless patients renewed vision. It is not, however, as precise or effectiveas  the newer option of laser cataract surgery.

At Seeta Eye Centers, we utilize the LenSx® femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. This advanced equipment helps reduce risks for complications during surgery and recovery. It also provides greater control over results, helping to ensure the clearest vision possible following the procedure.

Can You Fly After Cataract Surgery?

We require patients be examined the first day after bladeless cataract surgery, with a second follow-up within a week. This is the period of time where rare but potentially serious complications are most likely to be detected. Beyond this period of time, it’s just a matter of making sure that you have access to continued follow-up care for the remainder of your recovery.

Infograhic: Is it Safe to Fly After Cataract Surgery

Flying After Cataract Surgery

Flying poses no risk to your vision after cataract surgery. You are safe to fly as soon as your procedure has been completed. The primary concern is access to follow-up care and continued caution in daily activities until you have fully healed.

Is it okay to fly after cataract surgery? Yes. Is it safe to fly after cataract surgery? Yes. How soon should you fly after cataract surgery? This is something that may be different for each individual and should be discussed with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists during your time in our care.

How Long Does it Take to Recovery from Cataract Surgery?

It can take five to six weeks to recover fully from traditional cataract surgery. Bladeless options may shorten recovery time by three to four weeks, though this varies somewhat from person to person.

During recovery, it is important than you follow all postoperative instructions, including follow-up visits. If you can do this while traveling, you can absolutely fly after cataract surgery. We can discuss this in greater detail, as appropriate, during your time in our care.

Call Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County, and Orange County, with offices in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill.

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