The Department of Defense and Navy are covering all of this up. They control the fabricated studies, and then report back to the FDA that LASIK is safe. They try to back it up using “navy and army guys in the field of battle and in “live or die” “intense situations,” which of course they will do better than having to wear contacts or glasses! But you can’t compare that to daily, un battle like situations behind a desk, on the computer, driving a car, as eye pain post surgery is “UNACCECPTABLE” etc…
Mention of the infamous Steven Schallhorn (many opinions say he controlled a lot of the LASIK studies and possibly falsified or doctored them up while in the Navy and made a fortune from the Intralase Femtosecond laser which really never went through any FDA Approvals, somehow side stepped the FDA approval/trials process) below…
"Statistics show that pilots and applicants experience very few PRK complications compared to the rest of the population."
Don't be the abnormal applicant that has starbursts.
“The bottom line is that unless the starbursts are ridiculously bad, they will not be detected in an eye exam -- it is almost completely subjective. It is also almost completely disqualifying.”
“As a little side note, the former head of Navy Refractive Surgery, (Steven Schallhorn) who developed the Refractive Surgery program for the Navy and Air Force was an F-14 pilot before going to med school (TOPGUN Instructor, highest score ever recorded in a scored ACM exercise at the annual F-14 fighter derby, real underachiever). He claims that he had horrible starbursts and actually thought it was normal before he became an ophthalmologist.”
“One of the most significant indicators or starbursts and glare is pupil size vs. treatment zone size. Do you know the size of your fully dilated pupil and the size of the area of your cornea that was treated (it should be on your surgical records)? The other common indicators are bad surgeons and bad luck.”