8 doctors weighed in:
Why is prk preferred over lasik if you want to become a commercial pilot?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Stress resistance
The long term results of lasik and prk are approximately the same.
But prk gives a more solid front of the eye less resistant to pressure changes and trauma. For most civilian activities it makes no difference. The military requires pilots to have prk when needed to prevent any possiblity of problem and this may hold true in some circumstances for civilian flight.

In brief: Stress resistance
The long term results of lasik and prk are approximately the same.
But prk gives a more solid front of the eye less resistant to pressure changes and trauma. For most civilian activities it makes no difference. The military requires pilots to have prk when needed to prevent any possiblity of problem and this may hold true in some circumstances for civilian flight.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not sure it is
The long term safety and effectiveness of prk and lasik are very similar. Classical thinking was that prk may be better in the event of pressure changes since there is no flap.
However, lasik has even been studies and approved for both nasa and military pilots.

In brief: Not sure it is
The long term safety and effectiveness of prk and lasik are very similar. Classical thinking was that prk may be better in the event of pressure changes since there is no flap.
However, lasik has even been studies and approved for both nasa and military pilots.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Dr. Ilan Cohen
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Flaps
Prk may be preferred by some airline companies due to perception of flap complications, or postop halos or dryness but that also can occur with prk.
Many commercial pilots have had lasik, and ilasik has even been approved for nasa astronauts. The commercial airline(s) of interest may have specific reasons they can share with you.

In brief: Flaps
Prk may be preferred by some airline companies due to perception of flap complications, or postop halos or dryness but that also can occur with prk.
Many commercial pilots have had lasik, and ilasik has even been approved for nasa astronauts. The commercial airline(s) of interest may have specific reasons they can share with you.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: Job requirements
Long term outcomes of prk and lasik are equivalent.
Requirements for commercial airline pilots allows prk but not lasik likely due to prior concerns of vision changes at elevation. The requirement is antiquated but has not been updated.

In brief: Job requirements
Long term outcomes of prk and lasik are equivalent.
Requirements for commercial airline pilots allows prk but not lasik likely due to prior concerns of vision changes at elevation. The requirement is antiquated but has not been updated.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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