Can I Get LASIK If I’m in the Military?

Dec 12, 2018

LASIK for MilitaryA question we hear often is, “Can I have LASIK if I’m in the military?”  We also have patients ask if they can have LASIK if they are pilots or first responders.  Most people think the answer is no, but actually, most military personnel, pilots and first responders are able to have LASIK.


LASIK for military, pilots and first responders

LASIK is a safe procedure that most military personnel, pilots and first responders can have if they are deemed good candidates for it. Previously, PRK was the preferred procedure for people in these fields; however, the healing time is longer with PRK than it is for LASIK. The recovery time and the risks associated with LASIK are very minimal, so LASIK patients can be back to work within a day or two, no matter what kind of work they do.


What if I don’t qualify for LASIK?

If our doctors determine that you are not a good candidate for LASIK, PRK could be an option for you instead. PRK is similar to LASIK, except instead of a LASIK flap, that top layer is removed  and a contact is put in your eye for a week until it heals. PRK has a longer healing time than LASIK, but the visual outcomes are just as good as LASIK. Both PRK and LASIK are viable options for patients who are military personnel, pilots and first responders.


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