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  1. USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    Speaking strictly for the Air Force, if your prescription is as you describe you are fine. You might need a waiver, however, that's no big deal. You do not need surgery based on the information you provided.
  2. USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    No, different situation. I'm guessing you were DQ'd because you had an abnormal cornea associated with thinning. There is a policy for that. LASIK won't change it. If you were DQ'd for the reason I suspect, LASIK would not be in your best interest. If you want more details on your specific situation PM me and I can look into it further.
  3. USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    Happy to help. Seen too many people make bad decisions based on bad information.
  4. USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    Do NOT get ICL's. Those would be non-waiverable. As far as flat corneas post PRK/LASIK, how flat are we talking? Less than 35 D? The AF has no standard for post op flat K's or corneal thickness for applicants (although we probably should), however, you may be risking your vision for the rest of your life and it's possible you may not meet the AF standards for vision if the outcome is really poor. Let me know if you want more details.
  5. Upcoming FC1. Orders required?

    If you're on the schedule, you'll get seen.
  6. Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi)

    Let me start by saying I haven't a clue about the regs regarding kidneys. But, I can answer the question about a trained asset. You are not a trained asset for pilot. A trained asset refers to someone who is already in the career field. In other words a current pilot is a trained asset for pilot. You are considered a trained asset only for the job you currently occupy. BTW- pilot applicants have to meet FCI standards, not FCII. You were likely given an IFC II (RPA) waiver simply because the requirements for RPA pilots are less stringent than IFC I. That's due to: 1) Less investment dollars and 2) Shorter commitment. Probably not what you were hoping to hear, but I hope that at least explains the situation.
  7. PRK and LASIK Information

    Correct, no waiver for above -3.00. It's obviously a little bit of a gamble to put off PRK and LASIK and qualify as is, but your odds are very good.
  8. PRK and LASIK Information

    The cycloplegic refraction was not done the way it would be done with an IFC I exam. This is a refractive surgery application where they measure your cycloplegic refraction to BEST acuity, in this case 20/15. During an IFC I we only go until you can see 20/20. It should be at least 0.25 diopters and often 0.50 D to 0.75 D less than your manifest refraction. Assuming no changes between this exam and your IFC I, your right eye meets criteria. I would expect your left eye would come down from -3.50 to -3.00, but that's not a guarantee, however highly likely. BTW- You would appear to be a very good refractive surgery candidate if your prescription is stable.
  9. PRK and LASIK Information

    No....the pre-operative limit for refractive surgery is -8.00.
  10. PRK and LASIK Information

    Mattey, Your refractive error, i.e. glasses prescription, is all that matters. If you are over -3.00, there is no waiver. So don't base it on 20/200 (better or worse) as that doesn't matter. You need to know if you exceed -3.00.
  11. NFL Ratings are Way Down

    Kudos to those who bought the jerseys.
  12. NFL Ratings are Way Down

    Kind of liked the Steelers before. Not any more..... Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva has highest-selling gear in past 24 hours. His actions weren't supported by all, including his own coach. Asked after the Steelers' 23-17 loss to the Chicago Bears what he thought of Villanueva's positioning for the anthem, Mike Tomlin responded, "I was looking for 100 percent participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team."
  13. Do I meet min entry requierements?

    The -3.50 would put you outside standards and there is no waiver beyond 3.00. However, if that is a manifest refraction to BEST acuity, you may be OK. The number that is documented is the cycloplegic refraction to 20/20. That benefits you in two ways. First, the drops used will force your focusing muscles to relax, which typically brings down the Rx (for nearsighted people) by 0.25 to 0.50. Also, if you are normally corrected to 20/15, it won't take quite as much lens power to get you to 20/20. I would bet you'd be OK.
  14. Lasik/PRK Recommendations

    Sorry, missed the first part of your question. The number of pilots getting PRK/LASIK is not that high. Mostly, it's because it's hard for them to take the time off. Around 40% of pilots wear glasses/contacts. That amounts to around 6,000 pilots in the AD pool. Of those, probably 50% could be PRK/LASIK candidates. We see about 150 getting surgery annually. The biggest hurdle is the ops tempo.
  15. Lasik/PRK Recommendations

    AF policy is that the minimum DNiF is one month. Average PRK DNiF is around 3 months, and average LASIK DNiF is around 2 months. These are averages. I've seen many pilots flying again well before then.
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