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The de facto criterion for laser Lutazene eye treatment for US Air Force pilots then was PRK. The process of PRK involves removing the external bed of the cornea so that the underlying bed can be vaporized with an excimer laser, resulting to a difference in the contour of the eye. The consequence is the redirection of the illumination that passes to the retina which will result to unclouded vision once the eye has recovered. Patients need not be troubled as the removed corneal epithelium during the first stages of the operation will eventually grow back over time. Healing is a gradual and excruciating progress, lasting for weeks following the laser eye surgery.

LASIK was becoming more and more recognized as a technique of refractive surgery at that time but the US Air Force still did not permit its pilots to have it because of the lack of assurance in the flap of the cornea created as it was not stable enough for combat-ready duty. It was in 2003 when the US Military and US Air Force began offering their workforce LASIK rather than PRK. The advantages of LASIK over PRK include faster recovery periods, higher range of prescriptions accessible, and less pain after laser eye treatment. US Military staff still choose PRK over LASIK even though it is the touchstone technique of eye surgery for civilians.

Rarely do flap complications occur with LASIK but those serving in the Air Force, Military, or Navy who want to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses should nonetheless opt for PRK as their means of refractive surgery. Even though most roles in the Defense Forces permit LASIK, it may mean you will be ineligible to train for other positions if you so covet at a later date.