Can I Travel & Fly After LASIK?


With LASIK eye surgery becoming an increasingly popular choice among those seeking to improve their vision in Kansas City without wearing glasses or contact lenses, it is only natural that most patients worry and have questions about its effects on travel plans.

This blog addresses various considerations for post-LASIK patients and provides expert advice on ensuring a successful and comfortable plane journey.

How Soon Can I Fly After LASIK Surgery?

Patients enjoy the LASIK procedure due to its quick recovery time; however, planning it before traveling is still important.

So, when can you fly after LASIK? There is no restriction on flying after LASIK. Patients can fly on the day of the procedure.

On that note; for those heading to the beach or large bodies of water who have had LASIK, it’s best to wait 1 week before submerging your head underwater. For SMILE patients 24-48 hours is the recommendation for waiting. For PRK patients it should be two weeks.

Adequate recovery time ensures the eyes have fully healed and prevents complications or infections that arise from foreign bacteria.

Take it from one of the best LASIK centers in Missouri and Kansas.

How to Make Flying After LASIK a More Enjoyable Experience

Some patients after laser eye surgery may experience transient dryness. These symptoms can be made worse in dry and windy environments or places with low humidity such as a pressurized plane cabin.

This is why it’s important to follow post-operative instructions closely.

Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe when flying after LASIK surgery:

Pack Lots of Artificial Tears

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The low humidity and air circulation associated with flying causes everyone to get dry eyes, but this is especially true for LASIK patients whose eyes may already be drier for some time than normal due to the surgery.

Because airplanes have drying environments, we highly recommend you take artificial tears (eye drops). Dry eyes do not directly impact the healing process. However, they may cause discomfort.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated after having LASIK is essential for promoting proper healing. When eyes are properly hydrated, it helps to flush away any debris or bacteria. It also improves tissue healing and reduces the risk of infection.

Reduce Eye Strain

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After LASIK surgery, it is best to take breaks from close work/reading. Additionally, voluntary blinking will help lubricate the surface of the eye.

Do Not Touch Your Eyes

It is best to avoid excessive eye rubbing surgery or no surgery but more so when one has had eye surgery including LASIK. Excessive eye rubbing can impact the result of your surgery.

The Bottom Line

Complying with their aftercare instructions will ensure your eyes stay in optimal shape while flying.

While most LASIK patients experience only minor discomfort after LASIK surgery in the first four hours. If you have symptoms beyond this period it is best to inform your doctor so proper recommendations can be provided.

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule a free LASIK consultation at Discover Vision in Kansas City to find out!

If you’re considering laser eye surgery, we’d encourage you to schedule your LASIK evaluation in Kansas City today!

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