WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 -- Air Force officials have changed
the policy to allow people applying for aviation and aviation-related
jobs to have had
Lasik surgery. The change became effective May 21. The change
also removes the altitude and high-performance aircraft restrictions
for people who have had LASIK.
The decision to make these changes was based on studies that showed
there was little to no effect on LASIK-treated eyes when subjected
to the wind blast experienced during aircraft ejection or exposure
to high altitude.
Due to stresses placed on the eyes during flight combined with the
active lifestyle of military members, the recommended refractive
PRK, or wavefront-guided
Bladeless Lasik The eyes are more trauma resistant after surgery
using one of these methods compared to other forms of refractive
With all refractive surgeries, there is no guarantee of "perfect"
sight after undergoing the procedures. Individuals must still meet
the standards prescribed for entrance into the Air Force and aviation
and special-duty positions.
Detailed additional policy information and guidance can be found