Originally posted by readiness:
i have to ask...what do you mean by 'medically qualify'?
I did PRK ( an eye surgery that keeps you available for airborne operations, where LASIK hindered you ) at Walter Reed when I got home from Iraq, it was one of the best things I've done in my life!
Get the glasses and a new exam ( as if you have a choice ) when you go through reception before BCT. Make sure you go to your civilian doctor and get a copy of your old eye exam before you go, keep it on file. Request a copy of the military eye exam for your record, I forget if they give it to you automatically in your packet or not.
When you graduate BCT and AIT, DONT WEAR CONTACTS AGAIN! I had to post pone my PRK eye surgery because I was wearing contacts, and I beleive it's 90 days prior to your initial exam for PRK qualification that your restricted from wearing contacts ( and they can tell if you did, it leaves an imprint of some sort on your eye they can see and impedes the surgery the doc told me ).
They want you to have atleast 2 past eye exams and an intial to ensure you qualify, now, this might have changed since I got my surgery as it's been a few years.
I'd give you more details about the surgery, but you have a long time before your even eligible!
Just suck it up and wear the Birth Control Glasses or the Combat Eye Protection with Corrective inserts they give you at Basic!
PS alot of people I know wore contacts in Iraq and here in Afghanistan, it's the wrong answer in our line of buis. I don't suggest you break the rules.
Good luck future Soldier!