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Lasik for Aviators


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Most of us rely heavily upon our vision for our careers, but for a very few of us, our ability to see as close to perfectly as possible is life or death. This is definitely the situation for pilots, who must rely upon a highly keen sense of sight to safely transport hundreds of passengers per flight from one destination to the next. As such, the Federal Aviation Administration used to strictly forbid any elective vision procedures that could put their specially trained pilots as risk.

That is, until recently, when, after years of a near-flawless track record, administrators decided Lasik Eye Surgery was consistently safe enough for FAA approved pilots to undergo. The new requirements of the FAA include a mandatory waiting period until the recovery period following the surgery is complete and the pilots re-meet the vision standards. The Lasik Eye Surgeon must also certify that there were no complication during the surgery, and the pilot's eyes are completed healed with stabilized visual acuity.

Different airline carriers may have different standards, but they all must adhere to the FAA minimum requirements. And remember, that Lasik Eye Surgeons have standards of their own, so between the triangular checks-and-balances system of the collaboration between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Lasik Eye Surgery community is one that patients can trust.


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