Many young men and women of the military, like young men and women everywhere, suffer from vision problems that can be corrected with LASIK vision correction surgery. However, they must have approval before undergoing this type of surgery. While having LASIK is acceptable in all the branches of service for most military careers, there are some that are excluded.
Having LASIK prior to enlistment or commission my disqualify you from some of the higher level, or cutting edge parts of the service. Navy Seals and divers, and other similar skill areas used to require perfect vision naturally with no vision correction, but now allow PRK. LASIK is still a disqualifier in Special Forces. Pilots have been allowed to undergo LASIK since 2007. If you are interested in joining the military, LASIK should not keep you out of service to your country.
If you are currently serving in the military and want to undergo vision correction, you will have additional considerations in addition to what civilians have. You must be a good candidate to receive the surgery and you must not be in a job that would prohibit you from getting the surgery. It is important to consult with your branch of service to learn about what restrictions you have, if any. In addition, the risks involved may affect disability benefits should you elect to have the surgery and suffer complications.
To find out more about LASIK and the military regulations regarding the procedure while you are serving, please contact Advanced Eye & Laser Center of California, Inc. Check with your chain of command to ensure that you do not negatively affect your military career by electing LASIK vision correction. If LASIK is not available, there may be other acceptable vision correction options.