US Air Force Laser Eye Surgery Policy

In May 24, 2007, the US Air Force announced that they would allow their pilots to undergo Laser Eye Surgery and to allow LASIK patients to serve as pilots and aircrew members. The change also removes the altitude and high-performance aircraft restrictions for people who have had LASIK.

US Air Force Laser Eye Surgery Policy

Due to stresses placed on the eyes during flight combined with the active lifestyle of military members, the recommended refractive surgeries are Custom & Wavefront-Guided Photo Refractive Keratectomy (WFG-PRK) and WaveFront-Guided Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (WFG-LASIK), using the femtosecond laser. The eyes are more trauma resistant after surgery using one of these methods compared to other forms of refractive surgeries.

Individuals must still meet the standards prescribed in AFI 48-123 , Medical Examination and Standard s, for entrance into the US Air Force and aviation and special-duty positions.

Recently, the US Air Force has gone a step forward in its new support for LASIK surgery. The Department of Defense initiated the Joint Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center in Texas at Lackland Air Force Base. Every year, the US Air Force has spent billions of dollars to improve the skills of our weapon systems. The new center provides outpatient surgical laser latest state-of-the-art technology.

If you currently serve in the US Air Force, you may get refractive surgery for free. You will have to follow certain rules and regulations to apply for free eye surgery.

Click Here To Visit The Air Force Refractive Surgery Program Website