It isn’t uncommon for visual complications to occur during extreme weather conditions. Patients who have recently undergone LASIK eye surgery may find that high altitude excursions are problematic to the cornea, due to dryness and lack of oxygen. While this can seriously hinder an avid rock-climber, Park Avenue LASEK's non-cutting laser eye surgery won’t hold you back.
A patient of Dr. Emil William Chynn, MD who had received LASEK eye surgery three years ago was concerned about an upcoming trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro. After hearing that some people have experienced vision problems at high altitudes following laser eye surgery, he consulted Dr. Chynn about this possibility for the non-cutting LASEK eye surgery.
Training with a surgeon at Harvard University who climbed K2 after having LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Chynn was fully aware of these complications. During his trip, the top flap decompensated due to the altitude and became edematous, causing him to lose his vision. He was forced to retreat with an aide, much like a Seeing Eye dog. After two days at base camp, his vision returned. Instances like this are why the air force doesn’t like its pilots to have LASIK eye surgery, in the case of an accidental decompression.
Luckily, LASEK eye surgery performed at Park Avenue LASEK is a modern, non-cutting procedure and a possible solution to this problem. Since there’s no flap cut like in LASIK or IntraLase or the femtosecond procedure, there is no chance of corneal edema or decompensation at high altitude.
If your desire is to climb Mt Everest, feel free! With LASEK eye surgery at Park Avenue LASEK, you can rest assured that you have chosen the safest non-cutting laser eye procedure available.