It`s been a little over two years since I did a visual correction operation at the Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. I didn`t leave with superhuman strength, but after a week of rest, I was officially at 20/20 vision… Finally! Although it only took a few minutes to put a pair of contact lenses on each day, addiction to small pieces of malleable plastic was something I no longer wanted. I am jealous of my friends who are completely sighted; They would never know the struggle of having to step into something to see clearly. From my despair and information I had from my brother who underwent the Marine Corps operation, I began with fervor my own research on the vision correction offered to the active army. Unfortunately, Google offered too much information, and I had questions – how could I see what was true? Shortly after, I scheduled an appointment with the optometry clinic in Whiteman AFB, Missouri. Why don`t you go to the experts? The first things first. If you are interested in this method of voting, make an appointment with the optometry clinic. There are many factors that a potential patient must encounter to be considered for the U.S. Air Force Warfighter Corneal Refractive Surgery program. Currently, this enormous utility is only available to active service members as a means of increasing their availability.
Immediate disqualifiers. You are not allowed if you do not meet these essential requirements: 21 years or older – Not able to provide a prescription for at least one year before your last eye exam – Not with a minimum of six months of shelf life on your contract after the proposed operating date The prescription requirement allows the optometry clinic to determine if your vision was stable. Please note that any eye examination during basic military training is not an accepted recipe. If you meet all the main requirements at the first appointment, you will receive an order form for commanders, which must be signed by your chief, chief of operations and post commander, which must be squadron level or higher. Once completed, you can return to the front desk to agree on your follow-up date. This form is only valid for up to six months after your commander`s signing date. It`s time to rip those glasses off! At this stage, candidates must not have contact for at least 15 days to ensure adequate test results, which is essential to decide whether you are a candidate. This period is doubled for flyers to 30 days. From what you may have felt forever, you are now ready for your follow-up, where you will be alerted to all the conditions that, from a medical point of view, would disqualify you from applying. Ophthalmics verifies the results of a pressure test, visual control and corneal topography, or mapping the superficial curvature of your eyes.
In this last examination, they mainly look for irregularities and the thickness of the cornea. If all goes well, optometry technicians would provide you with the attendant containing Warfighter`s CRS application, a managed care agreement that will allow you to get your post-operative care at the Whiteman Clinic, a copy of the test results and, shortly thereafter, an email with the scans. On the application form, you will find a list of IRS centres and the corresponding contact information. This will be useful if you decide which center you want to go to. Currently, this service is offered at the following bases: – Joint Base Andrews, Maryland – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – Joint Base San Antonio, Texas – Keesler AFB, Mississippi – Travis AFB, California – U.S.