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Are Frequent Flyers At More Risk Of Eye Problems?

Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:22 am

Hi there fellow grasshoppers,

I know this might be a silly and perhaps a basic kind of question. Having read on the internet that pilots apparently are at more risk of certain eye problems such as cataracts (if this is debatable feel free to tell me so, I am not saying this like I am an expert on the field), is it perhaps possible to conclude that people who fly very frequently as passengers are also subject to similar health risks regarding the eyes?

I've been thinking about this lately because my dad, who has been flying at a frequency at about once every month or two for the past several years, recently developed cataracts. He asked me whether it could be because of flying so much, but all I told him was that I could only say it sounded possible but I didn't go beyond that, since I wasn't really sure about myself. I also have been thinking about looking for a job as a flight attendant for maybe a year when I finish college a couple of years down the road, so I definitely would like to know whether or not there is evidence or whether frequent flying has been proven with being connected to greater risks of eye problems?

Thanks in advance,
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RE: Are Frequent Flyers At More Risk Of Eye Proble

Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:21 am

Check out wikipedia for cataracts. It cites a study of Icelandic pilots who were 3 times more likely to develop cataracts than non-flying people. Radiation and ultraviolet light are thought to be implicated. I'm curious if flight attendants are at a higher risk, since radiation permeates the cabin but they are not given the exposure to ultraviolet light like the pilots.

Lots of causes for cataracts, including age. But, I think your dad will be okay.

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