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Long air travel and nosebleed

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Hi there

I have been travelling a lot recently

Perhaps 10 flights, some 8/9 hours long in the last 3 weeks

I am home now and not due to fly until next weekend

I had a nosebleed but lasted only a very short while

I am concerned mostly about my eyes

Redness I understand is normal but I have developed several wavy lines and would like an opinion on them

My blood pressure is slightly raised usually around 130/85 or 130/90

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Expert:  Dr. Manish Malhotra replied 4 Days.

Reply by Dr. Manish Malhotra - Consultant Opthalmologist.


The nosebleed is nothing to be worried about as it could be due to pressure difference and ascend in air travel.

However the wavy lines are indeed a concern. This could be a normal phenomenon but it can be a symptom of an inner eye (macular ) disorder. You will need to see an Ophthalmologist , & get an amsler test , followed by an OCT if something suspicious is there. Better not to take any chances, so I recommend evaluation asap.

Hope this helps
Thank you

Patient replied :

Thanks for your reply. I saw an optician a few weeks ago who mentioned that a photograph of the back of my eye showed a wavy line which perhaps indicated blood pressure issues.

I am often tired and regularly have muscular chest pain.

I am not sure if it is anxiety related but seeing red/wavy lines on my eyes is frightening me.

However my eyes / vision show no pain or blurry

At what point are red eyes a problem?

Expert:  Dr. Manish Malhotra replied 3 Days.


There seems to be some tech problem and I my answer didn't went through. Apologies for the delay.

The wavy lines are because of a macular problem, the macula is far behind , macular problems can cause blurred vision / lines to be wavy & sometimes blindness. As said before also you need to see an ophthalmologist & not an optician , hope i am clear.


Dr. Manish Malhotra
Category: Ophthalmologist
Fellowship: L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
Fellow Pediatric Ophthalmology & Squint (L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad)
Medical School, Residency: MBBS, DOMS, FLVPEI, Nagpur university, 1995
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