US Army Laser Eye Surgery Policy

The US Army now allows the LASIK for most occupational specialties, however, there are limits on the Aviation, Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, HALO (high altitude, low opening), Marine Diving or Combat Diving.

US Army Laser Eye Surgery Policy

Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP)

  • USASOC allows PRK only.
  • Ranger school usually provides waivers for PRK and LASIK.
  • All other commands allow LASIK or PRK.
  • PRK waivers are available three months after surgery.

Soldiers eligible for surgery in Army facilities are prioritized according to operational readiness criteria. Right now, the surgery is only offered to active-duty soldiers. Priorities are :

  1. First, combat arms soldiers assigned to a unit whose mission involves operations at the line of battle or behind hostile lines (for example, special operations, infantry, field artillery and armor battalions).
  2. Combat support and combat service support unit personnel who are currently assigned to a division or separate brigade.
  3. Third, other active-duty personnel as space is available.

Additional Criteria Include

  • At least 18 months remaining on active duty at the time of surgery, or in conjunction with an executed reenlistment.
  • At least 12 months in a first- or second-priority unit (as listed above).
  • Ability to return for follow-up visits for post-operative care as specified by the surgeon.