Visual stability of laser vision correction in an astronaut on a Soyuz Mission to the International Space Station

C Gibson, T Mader, Steven Schallhorn, Konrad Pesudovs, William Lipsky, Raid Elias, Richard Jennings, Jennifer Fogarty, Richard Garriott, Owen Garriott, Smith Johnston

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    Abstract

    This report documents the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in an astronaut during a 12-day Russian Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in 2008. Changing environmental conditions of launch, microgravity exposure, and reentry create an extremely dynamic ocular environment. Although many normal eyes have repeatedly been subject to such stresses, the effect on an eye with a relatively thin cornea as a result of PRK has not been reported. This report suggests that PRK is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated procedure in astronauts during space flight. Financial Disclosure: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1486-1491
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    Volume38
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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    Gibson, C., Mader, T., Schallhorn, S., Pesudovs, K., Lipsky, W., Elias, R., Jennings, R., Fogarty, J., Garriott, R., Garriott, O., & Johnston, S. (2012). Visual stability of laser vision correction in an astronaut on a Soyuz Mission to the International Space Station. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 38(8), 1486-1491. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrs.2012.06.012