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WaveFront LASIK - The booster rocket for prospective Astronauts

There are those of us who live quiet lives of desperation and drive humble, gas-efficient automobiles and there are those of us who dream of being astronauts, tearing through the sky on a plume of fire and smoke, escaping gravity's cruel clutches and traveling to the heavens.

Many people who desire to be astronauts are unable to realize their dream. Some people are too tall, others are simply colorblind and many lack the drive and ambition to get past the dreaming stage. There are literally hundreds of reasons why a person may be excluded from astronaut candidacy. But there is new hope for a sub-group of astronaut wannabes.

Aspiring astronauts who had undergone traditional forms of laser eye surgery such as LASIK were unable to go into space. LASIK surgery reshapes the eye by creating a flap in the cornea. In order to achieve escape velocity that rocket needs to go fast. Astronauts get squashed by extreme G-forces. NASA scientists worried that the eye of a LASIK patient might tear at the flap during blastoff. Even a fully healed LASIK patient was at risk and not allowed to go into space. Outer space is already the most dangerous place to be. Chances are, understandably, not to be taken. Thus, a whole new sub-category of aspiring astronauts were left dreamless and Tangless, but now there is hope.

That hope comes in the form of wavefront-guided LASIK surgery. This revolutionary form of LASIK surgery uses tiny lasers to create flaps so precise that they live up to NASA’s high safety standards. Wavefront-guided LASIK uses lasers to map the eye. Not only can this surgery correct the eye, but it can accurately diagnose ocular anomalies better than the human eye.

Wavefront-guided LASIK is considered to be a top-shelf form of laser eye surgery, but it may not be right for everyone. It is also one of the more expensive forms of laser eye surgery. For the average Joe, basic LASIK surgery is probably just as good as Wavefront-guided LASIK, but for aspiring astronauts and test pilots, it’s top-tier surgery all the way.

Ironically enough , the technology for wavefront-guided LASIK originated in astronomy. It was first used in 1900 by Johannes Hartmann who devised a way to measure the anomalies between light rays bouncing off mirrors and lenses. It was later used in high-powered telescopes to compensate for atmospheric disturbances.

Now, space exploration may have been helped twice by this science. One day, astronomers might find a planet with a telescope that uses wavefront technology and dispatch a group astronauts who had wavefront-guided LASIK surgery to that planet so that men may see new worlds with their own eyes.




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