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Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program Initiated (2001)

Eight Army surgical centers offer photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, and laser keratomileusis, or LASIK, on a limited basis to qualified military applicants.  Readiness is the primary reason for offering laser surgery to Soldiers: they perform better if they don't have to worry about breaking eyeglasses, losing contact lenses, or fogging of glasses and lenses at crucial moments.  As well, not having to wear glasses removes concerns about their compatibility with night vision goggles, gas masks, aiming devices and other military systems.

For more information, visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Laser Vision Center.