The New York Times reports that laser eye surgery
— now performed on nearly a third of every new class of midshipmen — is transforming Naval careers. Navy doctors are performing these operations with "assembly-line efficiency," allowing older pilots to continue flying, and those who might otherwise have been disqualified to pursue flight school. The number of procedures has reportedly climbed from 50 to 349 over the past five years. The Navy uses a different procedure
than that used on civilians
— grinding the cornea rather than cutting a flap — out of fears that the flap could come loose in supersonic combat.