LASIK Allows Military Pilots to Fly

Despite being available for over a decade, militaries have been reluctant to accept trainees who had eliminated their need for glasses through LASIK surgery. Then the United States Air Force decided to allowed trainees to receive laser eye surgery to correct impaired vision. Now the Israel Air Force has graduated its first pilot to receive the same surgery.

With the allowance of laser surgery the United States Army can now restore the eyesight of pilots with failing vision, or expand the pool of potential pilots.

Over the last four years the United States Military has successfully permitted laser vision correction for troops. This allows troops who would normally be hindered in combat by glasses to commit their full attention to tasks without the worry or hassle of glasses or contact lenses.