I know this is a much-discussed topic, but all of my research seems to be falling short, and I've been finding that the best information I've been getting has been personal anecdotes from those of you who have had surgery. My situation: I need to get one of the procedures done and I need to get it done soon. I've read through the FC1 guide and from what I've been reading, it seems both procedures are good to go. However, I have heard from a few people that PRK is the preferred procedure for civilians who are applying for a military pilot slot (which would include me), suggesting that LASIK is more for guys who are already flying in the military by the time of their procedure. However, some of the research I've been doing seems to suggest that that was the case years ago, but I have not seen anyone mention anything like that in recent years. I haven't been able to get much info from recruiters either. This was one such page I've read through to try to gather info: http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums/topic/15257-prk-and-lasik-information/ I have spoken to a few guys who have gotten picked up by units, but coincidentally, all of those people have had PRK. I have yet to speak to any civilians who had LASIK and then got picked up and completed MEPS. While I have no problem getting PRK, I seem to be finding more blogs/forums/etc of people saying that PRK didn't quite grant them the results they were hoping for, or having other complications like blurry vision for months and still not seeing as crisp as they used to. I seem to find less of those accounts with the general population who has gotten LASIK. My doctor wants me to have LASIK, but that's because the doctor he wants to pair me with only does LASIK. I've been calling around to places that do both procedures and asking them if they have any experience with military pilot applicants and whether or not the doctor has any experience/knowledge of AF waiver situations, and naturally, all offices tell me that they "are sure the doctor is and has experience and would be a great choice..." So I was hoping you guys could post your personal experiences with either procedure (or someone you know) and any kind of special insight that I should keep in mind before/during/after the procedure. Also, if anyone has had their surgery done in the Philadelphia or Los Angeles areas and knows of any particularly good/knowledgeable doctors, I'm all ears. If I have to travel to see a doctor who can properly guide me in my situation, I'm willing to do it. I just need to know I'm doing the right thing. Thanks in advance.