Will The Army Pay For Laser Eye Surgery?

LASIK is performed in the Army; however, surface ablation, such as PRK and LASEK, is the preferred procedure to be performed on combat-bound soldiers and others in special operations.

Laser refractive surgery for active military personnel is now supported by the Department of Defense and top military commanders.

Is Lasik disqualifying for the military?

The Navy supports LASIK for active duty personnel, as long as strict guidelines are followed. In general, PRK is acceptable, but LASIK is considered disqualifying for active duty in any Special Forces (air, sea or land) capacity, and for naval aviators. LASIK is not disqualifying for general duty positions.

Can you join the Army after laser eye surgery?

Candidates with LASIK / PRK at entry level are not permitted in National Defence Academy (NDA), Navy and Air Force as well as at entry level of Other Rank (OR) and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs). In Army, the candidates who have undergone LASIK / PRK will not be considered for aircrew duties.

Will the Marines pay for Lasik eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery can disqualify you from enlistment. You can have it done on your own once you are in, with your CO’s approval, but it is discouraged. The Marine Corps will only pay for it if you have a skill they need and surgery is required for you to be eligible for reenlistment.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

Should I get Lasik before joining the military?

Getting LASIK surgery before attempting to join the military will not keep you out, but there are limits placed on the roles that someone with LASIK surgery may be assigned. For instance, having LASIK surgery is technically a disqualifier for the Navy and Marine Corps, but applicants can obtain a medical waiver.

Can you join the Army with poor eyesight?

Poor vision typically will not limit your ability to serve in the U.S. Military, so long as your vision problem can be suitably corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision correction surgery. However, each branch of the military has its own regulations regarding vision and vision correction.

Why is Lasik not allowed in the Army?

Yes, LASIK is allowed in the Indian Army. The individual must be older than 20 years before undergoing LASIK. It is done at least 1 year before your medical examination (if it is fresh, they get to know it during medical examination) Residual Corneal Thickness after the procedure cannot be less that 450 microns.

Can you be a Navy SEAL with Lasik?

SEAL candidates may qualify for PRK Refractive Surgery to correct their vision. You can read more about the PRK policy on the BUMED PRK Refractive Surgery web site http://navymedicine.med.navy.mil. Eyesight Requirements: Uncorrected vision can be no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20.

Is PRK better than Lasik?

Though PRK recovery takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery, PRK is still commonly performed and offers advantages over LASIK for some patients. The main difference between PRK and LASIK is the first step of the procedures.

Can you join the Marines with bad eyesight?

Now, it is an acceptable surgery for all candidates seeking service in the military. PRK and LASIK have both had significant advancements during this time and remain an option for many people who wear glasses and have disqualifying eye vision. 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other eye (ICD 369.73)

Does the military pay for PRK?

The military will pay for prior active duty servicemembers, yes, once in a while. Lets put it this way though. A guy I met was on the PRK waiting list for 2 years as a priority 3 and he is active Navy.