In general, PRK is acceptable, but LASIK is considered disqualifying for active duty in any Special Forces (air, sea or land) capacity, and for naval aviators. LASIK is not disqualifying for general duty positions. Air National Guard regulations regarding laser vision correction vary from state to state.
(8) Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), LASEK, intraocular lens implants, or hard contact lens wear for keratoconus within the preceding 3 months are disqualifying for candidates.
Can you be a Green Beret with LASIK?
LASIK will not disqualify you from joining the regiment, but it will disqualify you from attending MFF and CDQC ( HALO and scuba).
Is LASIK OK for military?
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.
Will Air Force pay for LASIK?
Refractive surgeries, better known as LASIK and PRK are fully covered for Airmen meeting procedure requirements (Illustration by Air Force Airman 1st Class Collin Schmidt, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base).
Will the Marines pay for LASIK surgery?
The Navy and Marine Corps may actually pay for LASIK surgery for soldiers, provided they are not in aviation, diving, or special forces, and they enroll in the Navy LASIK Study program. The Army also has similar requirements regarding LASIK surgery.