LASIK and Flying Fitness

DGCA - AIC 13/2008 - Ophthalmic Disorder

LASIK (Laser-in-situ-Keratomileus)


  • Refractive Corneal Surgery In LASIK (Laser-in-situ-Keratomileus) surgery a corneal flap is shaved by a microkeratome and a laser ablation is performed in the stromal bed.

  • After the laser procedure the corneal shave is flapped back. The possible complications of LASIK are mostly related to the use of the microkeratome.

  • The flap can be dislocated or be lost and it can be loosened along with glare and instability of refraction can occur.

  • IntraLasik is exactly like conventional Lasik, except the corneal flap is created with a laser microkeratome rather than a mechanical microkeratome with a metal blade.

  • The advantages of IntraLasik over conventional LASIK are the higher safety and a higher predictability. It provides a vision with better contrast sensitivity.

  • Flight crew having undergone refractive surgery will be considered for medical fitness for flying on a case-to-case basis.

  • Such cases will be examined only after a minimum period of six months after the procedure.

  • Medical fitness for initial issue of license may also be considered for such cases, if the visual requirements for the license category are met with normal corneal topography, no post surgical complications like corneal opacity interfering with vision and unstable refraction.

  • All subsequent reviews will be done at IAM / AFCME


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