as i understand it furyofmojo, when LASIK is performed, the surgeons use a tool to cut a "hole" in your cornea. through this hole, they shine the laser that is used to correct your vision. at that point, the corneal "flap" is then reattached. it‘s very similar to a medical procedure where someone‘s skin on their chest is cut off and put aside so the surgeons can do their thing...when the surgeons are finished, they put the skin flap back.
were you a pilot, and say, hit turblucence, or had to eject, there‘s always a chance that that "flap" might come apart, and as combat_medic said, more or less tear your corneas off. at that point you‘d be pretty screwed up. any passengers with you would be screwed. anybody on the ground would be screwed, doubly so if you were flying a CF-18; a friend in air cadets told me that when a fighter pilot ejects, the weapons arm so as to ensure that there is no wrackage or technology that could be salvaged by the enemy. this would obviously be serious if your plane was, say, flying over a heavily populated area.
if you are talking about the US air force, yes, they are allowing some pilots to fly with LASIK. however, the way it‘s done (again, as best i am able to understand) is that the individual has to have PERMISSION beforehand. you can‘t have it done, then apply to be a pilot; you‘d be turned away outright. they want you to have it done with THEIR surgeons. i believe the US air force academy performs the surgery on those who exhibit excellent pilot potential - not just everyday joe off the street who wants to be a pilot.
if it‘s any consolation, look at the bright side (get it? haha); LASIK isn‘t the ultimate laser surgury anymore. Look up something called NO TOUCHÃ‚® correction.
in this one, there is no flap cut, so in theory, it‘s much safer. before you get your hopes up (too late i imagine) remember that before any air force in the world accepted a set type of "safe" laser vision correction, they would go through years and years of trials and studies. a pilot is a big investment; after all, look how much a private licence costs - nearly 50,000 dollars for a commercial one.
it‘s always been my dream to be a pilot as well, which is compounded with frusturation that my eyes are not quite 20/20. (-1.25L, -1.5R)
so close yet so far....
my plan has always been to get into the army reserves, finish my degree, and see where i want to go from there...regular army, or off to a certain country which (according to a recruiter i got my sister down there to contact)is currently conducting so-far favourable studies into the reliability of laser eye surgury on it‘s pilots....
but hey, it can‘t hurt to try.