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Navy SEALs PRK or Lasik Requirements

Lasik and PRK are allowed for US Navy SEALs, however special waivers may be required.


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US military allows PRK and Lasik, however there are some limitations.
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SEALs are required to perform a variety of tasks that require a high vision aptitude. SEAL candidates may qualify for PRK Refractive Surgery to correct their vision. You can read more about the PRK policy on the BUMED PRK Refractive Surgery web site http://navymedicine.med.navy.mil.

Eyesight Requirements

Uncorrected vision can be no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20 (Reference; Manual of the Medical Department, P-117, Chapter 15-105, Paragraph 7a(c)). No waivers for deficiencies. (Reference; Manual of the Medical Department, P-117, Chapter 15-105, Paragraph 7a(c).

BUMED waiver request: Reference Manual of the Medical Department, P-117, Chapter 15-102, Paragraph 3 and 3a. For more information on current requirements, contact your local recruiter or reference Manual of the Medical Department, P-117, Chapter 15-102, Paragraph 3 and 3a, or http://navymedicine.med.navy.mil.

Eye Waivers

Ref: (a) COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8 (SERIES) (b) Manual of the Medical Department P-117 I.

Eye Sight waivers (Active Duty/Reservist)

a. Per the references, Eyesight Requirements: Uncorrected vision can be no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Both eyes must be correctable to 20/20.

b. BUMED waiver request: Reference Manual of the Medical Department, P-117, Chapter 15-102, Paragraph 3 and 3a.

c. The eyesight waiver must be included with the medical package per reference (a) to the SPECWAR Assignments (PERS 401D) for review. d. The eyesight waiver request must be included with the completed BUD/S package for final approval from the SPECWAR Assignments (PERS-401D).

II. Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or In-Situ Keratomileusis (Lasik) surgery (Active Duty/Reservist)

a. IAW reference (b) PRK or Lasik surgery waivers are granted case by case by BUMED.

b. An approved PRK or Lasik surgery waiver must be included with your medical package per reference (a) to the Naval Special Warfare Center Medical Department for review.

c. The PRK or Lasik surgery waiver must also be included with the completed BUD/S package for final approval from the SPECWAR Assignments (PERS-401D).

NOTES

Navy personnel or prospective recruits to the Navy who choose to have surgery performed by a civilian surgeon, they should complete the following checklist items: Review the Navy message that outlines refractive surgery policy for the Navy and Marine Corps (R 101331Z APR 00).

If planning to apply for BUD/S training, review the Navy message that outlines the requirements for new accessions into training (BUMED/30MAR2000/SER 25/NOTAL; refractive surgery policy in the Navy and Marine Corps for new accessions) and as specified by approved LASIK study protocols. Complete the pre-op counseling form for active duty service members prior to getting PRK from a civilian provider (This document is posted as a link on the BUMED home page: http://www-nmcp.mar.med.navy.mil/Ophthal/PRKSurgery.asp (Appendix 3).

Complete the post-op medical clearance for return to duty form after having PRK. (This document is posted as a link on the BUMED home page: http://www-nmcp.mar.med.navy.mil/Ophthal/PRKSurgery.asp

Clearance for return to full and unrestricted duty.

Questions regarding corrective eye surgery can be directed to the following department: Deputy Research Director, Navy Refractive Surgery Center Ophthalmology, NMCSD 2650 Stockton Road San Diego, CA 92106 (619)524-6733, FAX (619)524-1731 Clinic (619)524-5515

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Chronic Electromagnetic Exposure at Occupational Safety Level Does Not Affect the Metabolic Profile nor Cornea Healing after LASIK Surgery.

J Ophthalmol. 2014;2014:762364

Authors: Crouzier D, Dabouis V, Gentilhomme E, Vignal R, Bourbon F, Fauvelle F, Debouzy JC

Abstract
LASIK eye surgery has become a very common practice for myopic people, especially those in the military. Sometimes undertaken by people who need to keep a specific medical aptitude, this surgery could be performed in secret from the hierarchy and from the institute medical staff. However, even though the eyes have been previously described as one of the most sensitive organs to electromagnetic fields in the human body, no data exist on the potential deleterious effects of electromagnetic fields on the healing eye. The consequences of chronic long-lasting radar exposures at power density, in accordance with the occupational safety standards (9.71 GHz, 50 W/m(2)), were investigated on cornea healing. The metabolic and clinical statuses after experimental LASIK keratotomy were assessed on the different eye segments in a New Zealand rabbit model. The analysis methods were performed after 5 months of exposure (1 hour/day, 3 times/week). Neither clinical or histological examinations, nor experimental data, such as light scattering, (1)H-NMR HRMAS metabolomics, (13)C-NMR spectra of lipidic extracts, and antioxidant status, evidenced significant modifications. It was concluded that withdrawing the medical aptitude of people working in electromagnetic field environments (i.e., radar operators in the navy) after eye surgery was not justified.

PMID: 24757560 [PubMed]

 


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