Boothe Eye Care Center Serves Pilots

It is very important for airlines’ pilots as well as other people who fly private airplanes and military pilots to see perfectly clear while performing their flight duties as they bear responsibility for passengers’ lives. There is a need for pilots to maintain optimal eyesight so they can precisely read the plane’s navigational instruments and maps as well as detect other airplanes and runway obstructions that create safety hazards.

That is why several pilots considered and had laser eye surgery done at Boothe Eyecare and Laser Center in Plano, Texas, to correct their eyesight and reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. The Lasik procedure can give 20/20 vision or even better to patients who have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. For the pilot who is going to stop using contact lenses or eyeglasses, Lasik eye treatment is a real option now because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does accept laser eye surgery such as Lasik as an effective method of vision correction.

In accordance with the Federal Air Surgeon’s Medical Bulletin, the FAA accepts Lasik for pilots, as long as the FAA examining eye surgeon reports that the procedure did not result in complications or considerable side-effects, and the patient’s eyes are completely healed and visual sharpness is stabilized one to six months post-operatively. Eye examination will ensure that the pilot is ready to effectively carry out flight duties. After procedure and recovery, Dr. Boothe will fill out some FAA forms as part of the administration eyesight requirements. If you are commercial pilot or air force pilot, you should get an approval from your air carrier or commanding officer, in writing, before Lasik procedure. Most airlines determine their own medical standards. This is a great alternative that improves performance and decreases the chance of having any eye complications while flying. Dr. William Boothe can determine if you are a good candidate for the Lasik surgery. It is important that the eye doctor and patient agree on the postoperative expectations before the procedure as well as give careful consideration to all of the possible risks and complications.

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