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08/31/2011 10:06 AM  
Just out of curiosity, are there any regulations against pilots getting any kind of eye surgery? I really don’t need surgery at the moment but I do wear glasses for reading purposes. Is there anyone out there who has gone through eye surgery and is a pilot? I’m sure there are pilots out there who wear glasses, if you’re one of them did you have any trouble with getting hired?
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08/31/2011 12:30 PM  
not sure as long as you can pass your medical, would be a good question for you medical examiner.
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08/31/2011 9:03 PM  
Reading glasses are approved at the AME aka flight surgeon level. It is not at all disqualifying for any medical certificate.
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09/01/2011 7:21 AM  
That’s good to hear. But I’ve heard if you do have any kind of lasik eye surgery there is a time in which you can’t fly? Is this true? Is there a waiting period?
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09/01/2011 10:58 AM  
This does not apply to Lasik but eyelid, or I think its called Ptosis? Anyway, the eyelid begins to droop down and begins to affect vision. I was troubled with eyelashes pushed into my eyeball causing nearly constant irritation. So I had my eyelids operated on to removes some of the tissue. Little did I know that would change my eyeball shape from the difference in weight and I went from a squinted 20/20 to something like 20/200? My eyes are phucked and I have a hard time getting thru the 2nd class physical. If I had to do it again, I would NOT.
Be careful when doing any kind of surgery when it involves your vision. and make sure to do lots of research.

Risk is the price you pay to avoid a dull life.
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09/05/2011 9:29 PM  
The FAA created a pdf file that goes into the specifics. It's called LaserEye_II_FAA.pdf and at the end of the file says to download more copies from
www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/pilotsafetybrochures/

The short answer is yes, you can get corrective surgery. There are some stipulations though and can read about it in the brochure.

Attachment: LaserEye_II_FAA.pdf

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09/07/2011 2:31 AM  
Glasses for reading due to age or farsightedness? There is no surgery for age-related reading vision yet but I'm sure it will come!

I got Lasik nearly 2 years ago for lifelong nearsightedness and was back flying Part 91 within days (eye doc has to sign off that your vision is stable...I was seeing 20/20 within 3hrs of surgery and cleared by the doc at my post-op the next morning). Part 135 may be a little different, but since I did it while flying Part 91 I don't know how different exactly. Either way, the surgery is considered fairly routine now, the paperwork is simple and all the info is available at FAA.gov. My AME was surprised when I showed up to my medical with the paperwork ready to go...apparently not everyone knows how to follow the instructions, but really, it was extremely easy. Absolute best $$ I ever spent on anything, hands down, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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09/07/2011 1:23 PM  
Thanks for the reference pantherAirborne. Winterfarm03, its just a little farsightedness and really wasn’t bad. The glasses I got only improve vision one line. I’m only 24 and just getting into the flight school and was just curious if lasik had any effect on my career as a RW pilot. I am still in the military and they are willing to pay for 100% of the surgery, I have heard it’s worth it but have yet to do any extensive research. From what you say it sounds like I shouldn’t be concerned the least bit, I’m thinking now I should be more worried about getting a job than anything!
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10/08/2011 12:17 PM  
I'm currently learning to fly helicopters at the University of North Dakota.I got lasik eye surgery last December so I could fly for the Army when I'm out of college. The surgery is really worth it. Set me back about $3600. The surgery only takes about 15 minutes and you don't feel a thing.
The only thing that will keep you from flying is whether or not your surgeon thinks your ready. For me, I was flying the next week after my surgery. All it takes is for the surgeon to say you're all set. If you already have a medical there is a certain form that your surgeon will have to fill out and send it to the FAA just so they have it on record.

That's all it takes! I highly recommend it.
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11/09/2011 2:46 PM  
If you are unsure about Laser Eye Correction Get PRK. I just got it a month ago and although its a longer healing time you will not be disqualified for a job due to correction.

PRK is much like Lasik but slightly different and the same price
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12/13/2011 11:16 AM  
There is a wait period according to the Boothe Eyecare Clinic in the Dallas area. I would ask the physician about limitations before you have the procedure.
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12/20/2011 8:11 PM  
If you fly for the military I do not believe they permit laser eye surgery, though I suspect many people have it regardless.
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12/21/2011 8:07 AM  
Actually they do, but there is a waiting period you got to recognize before you fly, and they can do it themselves. I am trying to get it done myself but the waiting list is full of shmucks that need it more than I. So im not going to push the issue and just buy my time.
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12/21/2011 10:22 AM  
I hope you are not offended, but do you mean "bide" ?
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12/21/2011 10:50 AM  
None taken, thats exactly what I ment. I have no idea why I typed buy. But either way I got a laugh out of it.
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01/07/2012 2:13 PM  
I am a Coast Guard pilot and had PRK in 2005 before active duty but before I started flying. I can't speak for the Army or Air Force, but the Navy/Marines/Coast Guard ONLY allow PRK, not LASIK.

So...make sure you do your research before getting anything done if you're considering the military. And talk to a flight surgeon, not just a recruiter.
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01/29/2012 9:36 PM  
And I'm an Army pilot. I had Lasik AND PRK. They're both approved. As long as you find a quality surgeon who uses a laser and not a knife, you'll be fine. Best $4000 I ever spent!
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