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LASIK or PRK?

Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery for the Warfighter

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The procedure used by the Navy, photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is different from the one used on most civilians. That approach, known as laser-in situ keratomileusis, or Lasik, requires cutting a flap in the surface of the cornea and then using a laser to reshape the cornea.

But military doctors worry that the flap could come loose during combat, especially in a supersonic fighter. So rather than slicing into the cornea covering, Navy doctors grind it away. The approach requires a longer recovery as the covering re-forms but leaves the eye more stable.

In this series Defense Update covers the following topics:

  • Ballistic Composites for Soft Armor
  • Ergonomic Body Armor Designs
  • Ballistic Helmets
  • Physiological and Physical Challenge of Body Armor
  • Cooling with Phase Change Materials (PCM)
  • Load Carrying Systems for the Infantry
  • Eyewear Protection for the Warfighter
  • Tactical Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK / PRK)

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