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NASA Approves Bladeless Lasik

Custom Bladeless Lasik has the "right stuff" for U.S. astronauts.

NASA Lasik

Views like this may be easier for NASA astronauts now that Bladeless Lasik is approved.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, September 21, 2007 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has approved Bladeless Lasik technologies for use on U.S. astronauts. The NASA decision was made following review of extensive military clinical data, which showed the combination of femtosecond laser for Lasik flap creation and wavefront-guided excimer laser for corneal sculpting provides superior safety and vision.

Approved for use on consumers almost a decade ago, more than 11 million Lasik procedures have been performed to-date, making it the most-common elective surgical procedure in the U.S. But it wasn't until Lasik developed into an all-laser procedure that NASA approved it for use on pilots, mission and payload specialists who face extreme, physically demanding conditions in space. The Bladeless Lasik technologies, which utilize wavefront guided and femtosecond lasers, have also been cleared for U.S. military personnel, including most recently Air Force pilots.

"NASA's approval is further evidence that today's Lasik exceeds all established standards of safety and effectiveness," said Steven Schallhorn, M.D., retired captain of the U.S. Navy, investigator in multiple studies involving use of Lasik and other refractive surgeries for treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and Medical Director for Optical Express. "NASA followed the Naval Aviation clinical studies closely with a particular interest in both safety and quality of vision under extreme conditions. Wavefront guided and femtosecond lasers were proven to provide excellent safety with consistent visual results of 20/20 or better. Lasik was able to withstand even the most extreme rigors of warfare and flight. All surgical procedures have risks, but with this exceptional track record, the average consumer has nothing to fear from Lasik."

Dr. Schallhorn, himself a retired naval aviator, spearheaded the majority of the Defense Department's research in laser vision correction.

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