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With standard LASIK surgery, patients are warned not to engage in careers or sports that could result in trauma to the eye. A blow to the eye could dislodge the flap in the cornea created during surgery, damaging the vision.
Epi-LASIK is therefore safer and more suitable for such people, who include police officers, firefighters, boxers, soccer players, and martial arts practitioners.
It should be noted that the U.S. armed forces have restrictions on whether service members can receive any type of refractive surgery. If you are a service member or reservist, or if you are contemplating joining the armed services, consult your health officer for information before choosing any form of surgical vision correction.