US Navy & USMC Laser Eye Surgery Policy

In general, PRK is acceptable but LASIK is considered disqualifying for active duty in any special forces in US Navy and USMC.

US Navy & Marine Policy For PRK

Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Prior To Entry On Active Duty Is Disqualifying Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorable Waiver Likely If Medical Criteria Is Met Only If Entered In Navy PRK Study Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
US Navy & USMC Laser Eye Surgery Policy

US Navy & Marine Policy For LASIK

Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Prior To Entry On Active Duty Is Disqualifying Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorable Waiver Likely If Medical Criteria Is Met No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

US Navy & Marine Policy For PRK For Retention On Active Duty

Item Aviation Diver SPECWAR Surface Undersea USMC Non-Warfare
Surgery Available Through Navy For Free Only If Enrolled In Navy PRK Study Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Availability - Priority Goes To Other Categories
Civilian Surgery Permitted At Member's Expense No No No Yes
But Not Encouraged
Yes
But Not Encouraged
Yes
But Not Encouraged
Yes
But Not Encouraged
Pre-Op Counseling By Navy Medical Required Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Commander's Approval Required For Navy Or Civilian Surgery N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disqualifying For Retention Yes
If Not Enrolled In Study Program
No No No No No No
Return To Duty After Surgery Requires Navy Medical Clearance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Waiver Required To Return To Active Duty Yes No No No No No No