The progressive eye diseases keratoconus and corneal ectasia have robbed pilots of their careers, but now the odds are improving dramatically, the U.S. Department of Defense reports.
On May 3 innovative laser surgery, called collagen crosslinking, was performed at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Marc Neuffer, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the 10th Medical Group, corrected satellite engineer Air Force Capt. Brent Danner’s degenerative eye condition.
“This groundbreaking capability to correct the condition allows us to treat cadets and active-duty members here and from surrounding areas,” Neuffer said. “They keep their vision and stay eligible for deployment.”
Cadets diagnosed with the condition are not commissioned unless they receive a waiver, and pilots with the condition are restricted from flying.
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