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NASA Approves Advanced Lasik for Use on Astronauts
In a move sure to alter the landscape for non 20/20 space dreamers, NASA approved the use of advanced LASIK surgery for U.S. astronauts. Already approved by the Navy and more recently the Air Force for use on fighter pilots, NASA was a holdout to allow the surgery. Naval aviator clinical trial data, however, made a compelling case that the procedure could withstand even the most extreme rigors of warfare and flight. The question that remained for me was would they accept the procedure in people who were applying to the corp is response to their recent call for applications? In the past, new astronaut applicants needed to have better than 20/20 vision, even though veteran astronaut’s vision did not have to meet as high a standard. Did this new decision apply only to veteran astronauts or would this really alter the playing field for astronaut hopefuls?