Tuesday, October 21, 2008

NASA, DOD Tap iLASIK

This is pretty interesting on several levels:

It turns out the Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA have tapped a new form of LASIK technology called iLASIK to help improve the performance of agents and astronauts performing important missions under extreme, demanding conditions.

While this technology has been helping civilians for going-on five years, the new iLASIK procedure uses dual lasers instead of one. The first stage maps the unique, individual characteristics of the patient's eyes using wave-front technology. The second stage utilizes a computer-guided laser to surgically create a corneal flap, replacing the doctor's need for a handheld microkeratome blade used in previous techniques. Finally, a computer-guided laser - guided by the frist step's frontal-mapping - performs the surgery.

"The DOD and NASA have validated the fact that today's LASIK exceeds all established standards of safety and effectiveness," said a spokesperson for the departments. Further, tests involving 100 military personnel proved 95% successful: 95 of those who underwent the surgery achieved 20/20 uncorrected vision or better. Further, 100% of them said they would recommend the procedure to others!

If you have ever needed surgery to correct your vision for whatever reason, there was never a better time to join the 12+ million Americans who have already undergone LASIK procedures. For more LASIK information simply follow the link provided.