Laser eye surgery royal navy pilot

#1
Is it possible to become a royal navy fighter jet pilot if you undergo laser eye surgery ive seen the medical requirements but nothing that says that if you are able to become a pilot if you undergo laser eye surgery please help?
 
#4
Yes it is. But be prepared to pay an awful lot to prove that you're able to do so - you'll need to have a specific eye test conducted by Professor John Barbur at City of London Hospital. The amount I paid was £250 way back in 2006/7, so I expect the price has gone up a lot more by this point.
You'll also need copies of the entire surgery history if you're able to get hold of it.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#5
Yes it is. But be prepared to pay an awful lot to prove that you're able to do so - you'll need to have a specific eye test conducted by Professor John Barbur at City of London Hospital. The amount I paid was £250 way back in 2006/7, so I expect the price has gone up a lot more by this point.
You'll also need copies of the entire surgery history if you're able to get hold of it.
Are you now a Royal Navy fast jet pilot?
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#10
Pilots have to be Visual Acuity standard 1 from the outset and as such, laser surgery wouldn't be a viable option.

The rules regarding laser surgery for other branches continues to evolve and is still complex, therefore best advised by the service entry medical cell just prior to surgery.

Current rules state that the pre-op prescription must be within the parameters for entry, the individual must be over age 22 at the time of surgery, inter-ocular implants are not accepted, proof of a stabilised state must be produced & the surgery must be undertaken 12 months or more prior to the medical, etc.
 
#11
I can't speak for the RN but the RAF have recently relaxed the previous ban on laser eye surgery after having followed USAF experience for some years. However, we require a minimum of 2 years after the surgery before an individual can enter training to allow the eye to settle. If you're a graduate or already in your early twenties, that immediately puts you up against the age criteria as well.

Good luck!

Regards,
MM
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#12
I can't speak for the RN but the RAF have recently relaxed the previous ban on laser eye surgery after having followed USAF experience for some years. However, we require a minimum of 2 years after the surgery before an individual can enter training to allow the eye to settle. If you're a graduate or already in your early twenties, that immediately puts you up against the age criteria as well.

Good luck!

Regards,
MM
That probably makes a difference - the RN medical, undertaken prior to Flying aptitude requires aircrew to be VA1. The Initial Aviation Medical Examination taken afterwards, is conducted to the RAF standard.

It'll be interesting to see which way it goes for RN Aircrew. The parameters for laser eye surgery seem to be still evolving due to changes in the surgical procedures and statistical data gathered after the newer developments.

Hopefully one of our resident medical experts is able to illuminate further.
 

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