Top Gun LASIK Surgery - iLASIK

Top Gun LASIK Eye Surgery!

TopGun LASIKTopGun Pilots are an elite group of US Naval Aviators.  They don't just need good vision, they need exceptional vision.  What most people don't realize is that many do not have naturally perfect vision, rather, many have been plagued by glasses and contact just as many ordinary folks.  

Navy trusts the pilots with $40 Million planes and has invested millions of dollars in them with hundreds of hours of flight time just to get to the level, where they can be considered a candidate for TopGun Training.  Yet, they can not advance to the next level without perfect vision.  Many, have LASIK eye surgery to overcome this hurdle.  At the US naval bases LASIK eye surgery is performed with excruciatingly detailed scrutiny.  Performance of these pilots is not just limited to the black on white Snellen Visual Acuity chart!  They are tested under all kinds of different lighting, and all forms of contrast sensitivity.

TopGun LASIK & iLASIKThe conclusion of these intense studies have been:

1)  LASIK is more advantageous to PRK (healing time, return to flight)
2)  Custom Guided Treatment eye surgery is superior to conventional treatment (Quality of Vision)
3)  Femtosecond Laser LASIK Flaps produce superior quality of vision to standard metallic blade microkeratome (Quality of Vision)
The system currently used at the US Naval Centers is Visx Star S4 with Iris Registration and IntraLase femtosecond laser.  This complete package of most advanced LASIK surgery is called iLASIK.

Your eyes and the quality of your vision are exceptionally important to Dr. Ash.  Clearly, technology drives the quality.  We have upgraded our systems to bring you the same exact technology iLASIK - Visx Star S4 with Iris Registration and IntraLase femtosecond laser.  All available right here in our Modesto office on Coffee Road.

TopGun Pilot and iLASIK






LASIK eye surgery has been FDA approved since 1997.  Yet, It was not until middle of 2007 (10 years later) that the iLASIK technology was considered safe enough and advanced enough for the Navy to allow its TopGun Pilots to undergo iLASIK.  Not long after that, the Air Force Pilots were permitted to have iLASIK.  The final frontier was the acceptance of the NASA Astronauts to have iLASIK.  Consider placing your contacts or a drop in your eyes in zero-gravity.




Source:  The Binkhorst Lecture by Steve Schalhorn, MD, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Meeting, San Diego, CA April 2007.

The physicians of Modesto Eye Center and Northern California Laser Center are renowned Modesto and Stockton lasik eye surgeons. They are also considered Modesto and Stockton cataract surgery specialists. These physicians treat LASIK Stockton and cataracts patients from their Modesto offices.

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