Question: I am currently deployed and know that with the military I get free LASIK Surgery. My vision two years ago was -5.00 and -5.25. I just took a eye exam before I deployed 2 months ago and my vision is -6.00 and -5.75. Is my eyesight too bad to get LASIK and how bad can your vision be until your not able to get LASIK.
Answer: First, THANK YOU for your service to our country and your dedication to the safety and protection of the United States of America and its citizens. With regard to your having LASIK, this is certainly an excellent consideration for someone like yourself who is likely to be hindered or even incapacitated by trying to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses under adverse and perhaps even combat conditions. At the current level of your nearsighted correction it is entirely possible that if your eyes are otherwise healthy in terms of the corneal shape and thickness and quality and quantity of the tear film-along with a normal retina and optic nerve-that your prescription is within the treatable range. However, what might exclude you from having LASIK at this time is the fact that your right eye seems to still be progressing and increasing in myopia a bit more than some LASIK Surgeons might be willing to accept. The best course of action is to schedule a LASIK consultation when you can at a Warfighters Laser Eye Center and the eye surgeon there will be able to make that determination for you.
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