Is it safe to fly with a pre-phthisical globe (shrinking eyeball)?
JUN 25, 2018
My wife has pre-pthisis. The pressure in the eye is near zero. No pain. Smaller eye. Would it be safe for her to fly?
Yes. It is safe to fly with a pre-phthisical globe (an eyeball that is beginning to shrink and is no longer functional). The cabins are pressurized. If there were a gas bubble inside the eye, like one used after retinal surgery, the IOP (intraocular pressure) might rise and cause pain. Without a gas bubble, there is little or no risk to flying with phthisis of the eyeball.