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Can you fly plane after LASIK?

There is no restriction on flying after LASIK. Patients can fly on the day of the procedure. On that note; for those heading to the beach or large bodies of water who have had LASIK, it's best to wait 1 week before submerging your head underwater. For SMILE patients 24-48 hours is the recommendation for waiting.

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Can you be a pilot with corrective vision?

Yes, airplane pilots can wear glasses. (And many do.) If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you can still become a commercial, private, or military pilot.

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How long is LASIK recovery FAA?

four to six weeks

Complete healing is usually accomplished in four to six weeks, but up to 12 months may be necessary in some cases. At the time of your next scheduled medical application, your aviation medical examiner may issue the certificate if you are found to be otherwise qualified. See also: FAA Eye Evaluation Form 8500-7.

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Why can't you fly after LASIK?

The humidity in aircraft cabins is exceedingly low, and this environment can be very drying to the eyes. The eyes will already be temporarily dry from the surgery itself, so it's important to use artificial tears frequently to keep them moist.

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What disqualifies you from being a pilot?

These medical conditions include a personality disorder manifested by overt acts, a psychosis, alcoholism, drug dependence, epilepsy, an unexplained disturbance of consciousness, myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, and diabetes requiring medication for its control.

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What eye conditions disqualify you from being a pilot?

Once flight training begins, vision can deteriorate to no worse than 20/100 (correctable to 20/20) in each eye before disqualification. After flight training graduation, if the eyesight deteriorates to worse than 20/200 (also correctable to 20/20), the pilot will require a waiver for carrier operations.

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Do pilots get PRK or LASIK?

You are allowed to have LASIK laser eye surgery as military pilot in the army, navy or air force. However, as your work in the military carries an increased risk of trauma, it is often recommended to have PRK laser eye surgery rather than LASIK.

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Do military pilots get LASIK or PRK?

In the military, refractive surgery is limited to PRK and Lasik. We are not allowed to perform phakic intra-ocular lens (IOL) implantation, clear lens exchange or conductive keratoplasty on active duty US Air Force personnel. The Air Force allows Lasik in high-G-force aircraft personnel, including fighter pilots.

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What would disqualify you from LASIK surgery?

Certain conditions, such as autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), immunodeficiency states (e.g., HIV) and diabetes, and some medications (e.g., retinoic acid and steroids) may prevent proper healing after a refractive procedure. You actively participate in contact sports.

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What is the hardest thing to become a pilot?

The 7 Hardest Parts About Becoming A Private Pilot

  • 7) Getting Into "School Mode" First and foremost, getting your brain into a "school mode" can be a challenge. ...
  • 6) "Radio Talk" ...
  • 5) Decoding Textual Weather. ...
  • 4) Aerodynamics. ...
  • 3) Learning Regulations. ...
  • 2) The National Airspace System. ...
  • 1) Aircraft Systems.

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