Excellent vision is very important for law enforcement officers. Police departments, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies all have specific requirements for visual acuity. In most cases, you can wear corrective lenses to meet the requirements, but glasses and contacts can still hinder you in your job and they can be a detriment to your safety. Although banned in the past, LASIK patients are now accepted by most law enforcement agencies.
New technology and improved techniques have made LASIK more precise and a safe option for law enforcement officers. In the past it was not recommended for people whose career or lifestyle choices put them into positions where they may be hit in the eye because of the high likelihood of dislodging the corneal flap that is created during the surgery.
Today's Wavefront-guided LASIK is much more precise than older forms of LASIK. It reduces the risk of problems with vision quality, such as glare and halos. Because it can deliver such crisp, clear vision, Wavefront LASIK has been approved by NASA, the military, and law enforcement agencies as an acceptable procedure.
A Safer Way to See Clearly
In emergency situations, you need good, clear vision. Many people achieve good vision by wearing glasses or contacts, but in a high-action job things can happen to your corrective lenses. Glasses can be knocked off your face or broken. Contact lenses can be torn or you may get debris under you contact lens at a crucial moment, hindering your ability to see well and act quickly.
LASIK surgery can give freedom from corrective lenses, and their risks. You will see well all the time and be ready to spring into action.
Vision Requirements for Law Enforcement
Each department has its own vision requirements, and they are all a little different. Many agencies specify that your eyes must have healed from LASIK surgery before you can proceed with physical testing or with training. There may be a waiting period after LASIK surgery and you may need a letter from your ophthalmologist confirming that you have been examined and your eyes have healed.
LASIK surgery can open up the field of law enforcement to people who were not able to qualify in the past. For those with very poor vision, LASIK can improve your best corrected vision to an acceptable level, even if you still have to wear corrective lenses to qualify.
To learn more about LASIK for law enforcement, please visit the website of New York's Kelly Laser Center today.