Why use our glaucoma travel insurance?
In England around 480,000 people have chronic open-angle glaucoma, according to the NHS. Although open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, other variations of glaucoma include: primary angle-closure glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and developmental glaucoma.
You shouldn’t let glaucoma stand in the way of booking a holiday to a dream destination. Staysure considers all medical condition and can often cover you with a tailored insurance policy to put your mind at rest and cover you for most eventualities should you fall ill while away. Get a quote in a matter of minutes by completing a simple online screening process, or calling our team of travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance for glaucoma?
Although thinking about hospital visits when planning a holiday is the last thing you want to do, a Staysure Comprehensive policy will put your mind at ease and provides cover for any medical treatment you might need as a result of your glaucoma, as well as repatriation, theft, cancellation and much more.
It pays to be prepared, especially if your glaucoma causes you problems from time to time. Unfortunately an unexpected hospital visit could mean additional costs, cancelled excursions or missed flights. In extreme cases, it could even lead to your holiday being cancelled before you’ve left the UK. By declaring your glaucoma when you purchase a policy with us, you’ll be covered if something goes wrong once insurance is agreed. You’ll also have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline in English, should you need it abroad.
Tips for travelling with glaucoma
- If you have any concerns speak to your doctor before you book your holiday. He/she will decided whether you are fit enough to travel or not
- If you are flying, make sure you have your eye-drops in your hand luggage, as the cabin air can become dry
- Glaucoma can cause your eyes to be more sensitive to the sun’s glare, so wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat if you’re going anywhere sunny
- Make a list of any medication you are on and keep it handy just in case you lose any. This will help speed up the process of replacing it
- Take enough medication for a few extra days too, just in case you are delayed or have an unexpected stop in hospital
- To make sure you keep taking your medication at the correct time while travelling, setting an alarm on your phone helps remind you
- If you are travelling alone, contact the airline company for help such as moving around the airport
- If travelling in Europe, make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to reduced-cost and sometimes free medical treatment. However, it doesn’t cover your flight home if you miss it due to illness so an additional Staysure policy is essential.
Common questions about glaucoma travel insurance
I’ve had glaucoma for a number of years. Can I get covered by Staysure for a holiday?
- We consider covering all medical conditions including glaucoma. Provided your doctor has declared you fit to travel, you declare all your conditions and the underwriters agree to cover your condition, we would be happy to arrange travel insurance for you. You will be covered for related treatment if necessary while you are away.
Can you fly with glaucoma?
- Yes, people with glaucoma can usually fly without any problem, however, it is always best to discuss any plans with your doctor before travelling. Plane cabins have a controlled atmosphere, which makes up for the drop in pressure at high altitudes which can affect pressure in the eye. People who have had surgery usually do not have air travel restrictions. Because air in the cabin can become dry, artificial tears may be helpful for use on a long flight.
Do I need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as well as taking out insurance for a weekend away?
- Although you are only away for the weekend, you would be taking a risk if you were to leave without travel insurance. The National Health Service (NHS) advises travellers to cover their holidays with a private travel insurance policy, using the EHIC for additional cover only. You can apply for the EHIC online free.
If I lose my medication, what would happen?
- If you have bought a Comprehensive policy with Staysure, then we can replace any lost or stolen medication. Just call our 24-hour medical emergency number and speak to one of team members. It’s worth noting that we will replace prescription glasses and lenses if you lose them too, essential if you’re spending several months overseas.
If I have a problem while abroad and can’t make myself understood, what do I do?
- If there are any translating problems while abroad and you have a Staysure policy, you can ring our 24-hour medical emergency number, where you can talk to one of our friendly staff members in English. They will help organise any medical care you need while away.
Glaucoma Travel Insurance
Apply for a glaucoma travel insurance quote online or by calling us on 0800 033 4902.