Several recently published studies involving LASIK in the military may help allay your fears about LASIK laser vision correction. These studies address night vision and stability of the corneal flap, which are both common concerns among patients considering LASIK with Dr. Mandel at our NYC LASIK center. Better yet, the findings in one of the most recent studies, involving Naval aviators, are overwhelmingly in favor of LASIK in the military. In fact, in anonymous questionnaires, 95.9% said that LASIK helped their effectiveness as Naval aviators and 99.6% of Naval aviators who underwent LASIK themselves would recommend this procedure to other pilots.[i]
Using sophisticated flight simulators, ophthalmologists in the Air Force were able to study functional vision in pilots following LASIK laser vision correction. These studies found that patients who underwent both LASIK and PRK were as good or better at properly detecting and identifying the target in a night combat environment after surgery compared to when they wore glasses or contacts.[ii]
Stability of the corneal flap in LASIK
The Army conducted a study to evaluate the stability of the corneal flap following LASIK in extreme conditions. In this study, 12 soldiers who underwent LASIK were subjected to 120-160mph winds in a wind tunnel trainer and their LASIK flaps caused no problems compared to the same number of non-LASIK soldiers.[iii]
Navy pilots are often required to fly at night and land in challenging environments, such as on an aircraft carriers in the middle of the ocean and soldiers on our front lines are often put in harm’s way. In these situations, keen vision is an absolute must and can sometimes mean the difference between life and death for these soldiers. As a result, the studies conducted in the military employ scenarios and simulations (such as a wind tunnel employing up to 160mph winds!) that most civilians would never find themselves in, further diminishing the common reservations patients have when considering LASIK laser vision correction.
At Mandel Vision, we support our troops. All active and retired military personnel receive a 25% off of our full price LASIK procedure 365 days a year. Call us at 888-866-3937 for a free LASIK consultation with micro-surgeon and corneal specialist, Eric R. Mandel, MD. You can also click here to book your consultation online.