Frequently Asked Questions

Which surgery is best for me, PRK or LASIK?
Both surgeries have excellent outcomes and safety profiles. Each surgery has its own set of potential complications, and clinical selection criteria. In general, the clinical selection criteria are less stringent for PRK than LASIK; the procedure for PRK is easier and quicker compared to LASIK, but the post-operative recovery period for PRK requires more time and is more painful for the first 24-48 hours compared to LASIK. If the outcomes are expected to be similar between PRK and LASIK with respect to your prescription, we will tentatively schedule you for PRK. We will finalize the decision after all the clinical data is evaluated at the pre-operative exam and you have had an opportunity to discuss the procedure with us.

How do I apply for refractive surgery at WRNMMC?
Please refer to our Refractive Surgery Center page for more information.

Do you treat dependents and retirees?
No. The Refractive Surgery Center is only available to active duty members with adequate service time remaining as required by their respective service. Refractive surgery is limited to active duty service members because it is considered a readiness procedure.

How do I apply for a “touch up” if I have had refractive surgery previously?
As with any surgery, the predictability decreases and the potential for complication increases with subsequent surgery. If you are interested in a “touch up, ” i.e. an enhancement, you should follow the same process under the “How do I apply for refractive surgery at WRNMMC?” Your eye doctor must note the type of refractive surgery you had, and when, on the “Date of Eye Examination” line.

In general, you should not consider an enhancement if you still have any side effects from the initial surgery, you rarely wear glasses or contact lenses to improve your vision, or your vision has not been stable for at least 1 year. Enhancements are typically considered only after at least 1 year has passed since your last refractive surgery.

What is the wait time from when I submit the consult until I am scheduled for surgery?
Refractive Surgery is an elective procedure intended to enhance warfighter vision capabilities. Surgery is not guaranteed for everyone. Several factors can influence patient selection. Our average wait time varies from 1 to 3 months.

Last Updated 5/13/2020