Open angle glaucoma should not result in symptoms during commercial flights.
Narrow angle glaucoma could result in headaches, brow-aches, and other symptoms during flight for a number of reasons. One would be that fear of flying can actually dilate the pupil resulting in angle closure. Another would be use of anti-nausea medications that can result in closure of the angle. Angle closure, however, is a medical emergency and does not usually resolve on its own.
David Richardson, MD
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