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LASIK a Viable Option for U.S. Naval Aviators
Date:7/16/2014

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

A recent study has found that femtosecond-assisted wavefront-guided LASIK, a bladeless form of the popular eye correction surgery, results in fast and effective outcomes for Naval aviators. Previously, LASIK had not been approved as a procedure for Naval aviators, who instead had to undergo photorefractive keratectomy (also known as "PRK" or "surface ablation") for their refractive correction needs.

“Femtosecond LASIK, also known as ‘blade-free LASIK,’ is now available for aviators and other military personnel, and this may be a good option for some service men and women,” said San Diego ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Tracy of Carlsbad Eye Care. “Clear vision is especially important for pilots and other military professionals.”

During femtosecond LASIK, a flap is created in the cornea using the femtosecond laser, and an excimer laser then reshapes the underlying corneal bed, with treatment customized to the patient’s unique prescription. LASIK usually provides faster results than other types of laser-based vision correction surgery, but it can have additional long-term risks.

In the study, 330 Naval aviators with various eye conditions underwent femtosecond LASIK eye surgery. Researchers found that patients who had previously suffered from nearsightedness and astigmatism achieved visual stab
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