Career Fields that Can Benefit from LASIK Surgery
By Andrew E Holzman, MD FACS on April 13, 2014
There are many different ways that LASIK surgery can change your life and your eyesight for the better. So many patients have been able to see great without corrective lenses, affording them extra freedom. What many people don't realize is that LASIK surgery can also be ideal for people who are involved in certain careers. We'd like to consider this aspect of LASIK surgery briefly in this post.
The Benefits of LASIK Surgery
To understand why LASIK can be of great benefit to certain careers and professions, it's important to consider the benefits of the surgery. By undergoing LASK, patients are able to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. This means less chance of glasses falling off or contacts falling out.
Vision following LASIK surgery is very good, with most patients achieving 20/40 vision or better, sometimes better than 20/20 vision. LASIK technology has improved in such a way that there is less chance of glare or halos following the surgery, and fewer potential complications that may be experienced.
LASIK May Be Ideal for Commercial/Civilian Airline Pilots
Having good vision is an important part of being a pilot, and LASIK can enhance a person's vision a great deal. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows pilots who have undergone LASIK so long as they refrain from flying until their vision has stabilized after the procedure has been performed. This generally means a year or so after LASIK surgery.
LASIK May Be Ideal for NASA and Air Force Pilots
At one time both NASA and the Air Force did not allow pilots who had undergone LASIK because of potential complications to vision. Yet as we noted above, technology has improved and so have the results of the procedure. Now people who have undergone LASIK can be pilots for NASA and in the Air Force so long as their vision has stabilized.
LASIK May Be Ideal for Athletes of All Kinds
Having glasses or contacts as an athlete can be a hassle which impairs performance, even if just slightly. While there are prescription goggles that can be worn for sports competition, undergoing LASIK means doing away with corrective lenses and the possibility of contact or glasses problems.
What's interesting is that all kinds of athletes can benefit from LASIK:
- Baseball players
- Basketball players
- Football players
- Soccer players
- Martial artists
Is LASIK surgery the right choice for me?
LASIK may be the right choice for you, though it depends on a number of factors, including your overall physical wellness, your expectations with regard to surgery results, and matters related to the cost of care. In some cases, an alternative to LASIK may be more ideal; in addition, the LASIK cost can be covered through financing options or your employer may potentially cover the procedure.
During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to consider all matters related to candidacy in full detail so that you can make the best informed decisions about your vision.
Learn More About LASIK Surgery
If you would like to learn more about LASIK surgery and your many other options out there for improving the overall quality of your eyesight, be sure to contact our eye care and vision correction centers in Washington DC today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent vision.