Accession Number : ADA292293

Title :   Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) in the Military Aviator: an Aeromedical Expose.

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX AEROSPACE MEDICINE DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Ivan, Douglas J.

PDF Url : ADA292293

Report Date : APR 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Refractive surgery to visually rehabilitate refractive errors of the eye continues to evolve at a significant pace and is here to stay. The surgical manipulation of the cornea by carefully planned incisions, as in radial keratotomy, represented the first technological procedure to evolve for the correction of ametropia and is an area of continued active development and improvement. More recently, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using laser technology to ablate and recontour the corneal surface has emerged as a viable modality. This paper explores the aeromedical factors surrounding this new revolutionary procedure and discusses the issues relevant to evaluating its applicability to the modern aviator as well as reviewing results of the latest clinical trials currently in progress. The goal is to provide the aeromedical community with the fundamental information required to formulate aeromedical decision- and policy-making in regard to a new procedure that is certain to have tremendous impact on future aircrew candidates.

Descriptors :   *LASERS, *EYE, *SURGERY, *LASER MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS, DECISION MAKING, COMMUNITIES, FLIGHT CREWS, PILOTS, SURFACES, ERRORS, REFRACTION, PHARMACOLOGY, AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION, CORNEA.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE