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Ophthalmic effects of long-term spaceflight

Ophthalmic effects of long-term spaceflight, including increased cerebral fluid pressure, optic nerve swelling and retinal folds.

Howard Larkin

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017

 

Retired astronaut and US Navy Captain Scott Kelly was one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 ASCRS/ASAO Congress.  Among the topics he discussed in a wide-ranging speech looking back on his career, was  the ophthalmic effects of long-term spaceflight, including increased cerebral fluid pressure, optic nerve swelling and retinal folds.

Captain Kelly lived aboard the International Space Station for 340 days in 2015-2016, and has spent a total of more than 520 days in zero gravity.