• Government Surveillance Agency and Military Joint Operation. Male Agent, Female and Male Military Officers Working at System Control Center. Concept of LASIK and PRK approved eye surgeries for Military personnel.

LASIK Eye Surgery and Military Service

To serve in the mil­i­tary, you must be in great phys­i­cal and men­tal shape, includ­ing hav­ing good eye vision. Gen­er­al­ly, the mil­i­tary has strict health require­ment guide­lines that can­di­dates must meet; their enlist­ment or com­mis­sion is depen­dent on their expe­ri­ence, edu­ca­tion, and eye test scores. Fail­ing an eye exam is not an option in the mil­i­tary where per­fect vision is a neces­si­ty for many posi­tions includ­ing spe­cial ops and air­plane pilot.

Fortunately, there are two common waivers for vision correction and both involve laser eye repair.

Cor­rec­tive eye surgery is now a com­mon pro­ce­dure that helps mil­lions of peo­ple find and main­tain their jobs and careers. Sci­ence has advanced laser tech­nol­o­gy, allow­ing for cor­rec­tion pro­ce­dures that are safe and effec­tive, even against the high stan­dards of the mil­i­tary.

The two surgeries accepted by the military are LASIK and PRK.

LASIK surgery is a pro­ce­dure per­formed on the eyes that cor­rects the shape of your cornea (the trans­par­ent lay­er form­ing the front of the eye) to help it bend light prop­er­ly and cre­ate a focused image. This type of oper­a­tion is known as Laser-Assist­ed in Situ Ker­atomileu­sis. PRK surgery is a tech­nique intend­ed to cor­rect your vision, reduc­ing your depen­den­cy on glass­es or con­tact lens­es. This type of oper­a­tion is known as Pho­tore­frac­tive Ker­a­te­c­to­my. It is tech­ni­cal­ly the fore­run­ner to LASIK surgery, but is still a com­mon form of surgery and is accept­ed by the mil­i­tary after a six-month recov­ery peri­od and vision review.

Both LASIK and PRK tech­niques have been per­formed for decades and have evolved and advanced dur­ing this time, pro­duc­ing the best vision cor­rec­tion pro­ce­dures on the mar­ket today. They remain a viable option for many peo­ple seek­ing to enter mil­i­tary ser­vice who either wear glass­es or have dis­qual­i­fy­ing vision as both surg­eries pass the stan­dards required by mil­i­tary pro­fes­sions. With LASIK and PRK surgery, most patients achieve 20/20 vision, and almost all achieve 20/40 vision or even bet­ter. Cor­rec­tive eye surgery can not only help if you suf­fer from near-sight­ed­ness, far-sight­ed­ness, or have astig­ma­tism, but it can also help you get into the mil­i­tary.

This type of surgery can help give you the edge they are looking for.

Soldier climbing monkey bars in boot camp. Concept of PRK and LASIK approved for Military personnel

Laser eye surgery will help you func­tion at a con­sis­tent­ly high lev­el in a wide vari­ety of duties and occu­pa­tions avail­able in the mil­i­tary. Espe­cial­ly while on active duty and work­ing in hos­tile sit­u­a­tions or envi­ron­ments such as adverse weath­er con­di­tions or at night. Nei­ther pre­scrip­tion eye­glass­es nor con­tact lens­es are a reli­able form of vision under such extreme cir­cum­stances. As a mem­ber of the mil­i­tary, you must always be able to work under pres­sure, and laser eye surgery can help you meet any chal­lenge.

For those who seek a career in the mil­i­tary, but are hin­dered by or have been dis­qual­i­fied for poor eye vision, LASIK and PRK surg­eries may be right for you. The Depart­ment of Defense and top mil­i­tary pro­fes­sion­als sup­port laser refrac­tive surgery, so it is the right time and the right choice.

Because all branch­es of the mil­i­tary fol­low strict stan­dards and guide­lines for screen­ing, exam­in­ing, and per­form­ing refrac­tive surgery, plus mon­i­tor­ing post-oper­a­tion results, it is impor­tant you find a qual­i­fied doc­tor to per­form LASIK or PRK surgery. A con­sul­ta­tion can help you deter­mine what type of surgery is right for you and when you should have the surgery per­formed.

If you have more ques­tions about LASIK and PRK surgery, for mil­i­tary per­son­nel or oth­er­wise, please con­tact Dia­mond Vision today. We’ll get you and your eyes pre­pared for mil­i­tary ser­vice and beyond.

April 20th, 2018|Comments Off on LASIK Eye Surgery and Military Service

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


If you would like to schedule a free consultation or ask one of our amazing staff a quick question, text "Diamond Ready" to (917) 881-3938 between 9am-6pm (M-F) and we will be here to help you!