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Photorefractive Keratectomy

Is it safe to dive after having had laser refractive surgery (photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK)?

Yes. This procedure uses laser reshaping of the cornea instead of incisions to treat myopia. This method results in no decrease in the structural integrity of the cornea and no risk of corneal rupture as a result of facemask squeeze. It should be safe to dive approximately two weeks after this surgery. Discuss your plans with your physician and have a final evaluation before you dive.

For more information on vision issues, see the complete article by Frank K. Butler Jr., Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy on High-Pressure Ophthalmology from Alert Diver.