Jump to content
Baseops Forums
Sign in to follow this  
bronxbomber252

Abnormal Corneal Topography

Recommended Posts

Situation: I am an HC-130J CSO who has been flying for 8 years. Recently I went to get corneal topography done as part of the workup for LASIK/PRK. During this they found abnormal corneal topography in my left eye. The optometrist said it shouldn’t affect my vision but it is DQ for surgery, no big deal, but the flight doc called me the next day saying I am now DNIF pending a waiver.

 

Vision details: my current RX is Left (S -1.50, C -1.00, A 170) right (S -1.25, C -1.25, A 013)

I see 20/15 corrected in both eyes, perfect depth perception and color vision. I show no symptoms of any other eye issues.

 

Question: how good are my odds at a waiver here? The flight doc sent the paperwork up and said the process is usually 1-2 months. I really want to keep flying I even signed a bonus, but this has me worried.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your vision is still 20/20 or better and you can pass the depth perception test, the waiver is pretty much a formality.  Depending on the level of corneal abnormality, you might be sent to Wright-Patt for evaluation.  It's also possible the folks at Wright-Patt could review the topography and decide a waiver isn't even necessary.  Regardless, do NOT fret.  You may be DNiF for some period of time, but you will almost certainly fly again.

 

"do NOT fret"

Edited by stuckindayton

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quick follow up for anyone who searches this.

My waiver was approved in less than a month. The waiver is indefinite so no renewals required.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Kilabe26 said:

Did they put you into the REACT study for abnormal corneal topography? 

Unlikely.  The REACT study is only for IFC I (pilot applicants).  Given that the waiver was indefinite it sounds like the folks at the Aeromedical Consultation Service didn't feel the topography was abnormal enough to monitor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am a CSO so I wouldn’t be eligible for REACT anyway. So no, I was not put in the study. As for monitoring, the waiver does not require monitoring as long as I still pass the normal vision tests. The optometrist wants to re-map every year but that is not required for the waiver.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  



×
×
  • Create New...