Conductive Keratoplasty : Further FAA Medical Workup

Apr 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide page 199, FAA and FDA web data ( &, instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a type of refractive eye surgery. This noninvasive procedure which utilizes radiofrequency energy to correct presbyopia and low hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism. It can also be used to correct residual refractive error after laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or cataract surgery. As this procedure is not considered permanent and there is expected regression of visual acuity in time, but the FAA may grant an Authorization for Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate under 14 CFR 67.401 to an applicant who has had CK. They will need to thoroughly review the applicant's case.

The FAA specifies that the following criteria are necessary for initial pilot certification after CK:

  • The airman is not qualified for six months post procedure
  • The airman must provide all medical records related to the procedure
  • A current status report by the surgical eye specialist with special note regarding complications of the procedure or the acquired monocularity, or vision complaints by the airman
  • A current FAA Form 8500-7, Report of Eye Evaluation
  • A medical flight test may be necessary (consult with the FAA)
  • Annual followup by the surgical eye specialist

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