LASIK surgery and the military: how it can benefit service members

LASIK is a common procedure used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure involves using a laser to reshape the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye.

One group of individuals who can benefit greatly from LASIK surgery are members of the military. In this blog post, we’ll explore the reasons why LASIK is particularly advantageous for service members and why it’s become an increasingly popular option in recent years.

Improved Vision in the Field

Military personnel are often required to operate in challenging environments that require optimal vision. For instance, service members may need to identify targets from a long distance or read maps and other visual information in low-light conditions. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can be a hindrance in such situations, and can also make it difficult for military personnel to perform their duties effectively.

By undergoing LASIK surgery, service members can achieve improved vision without relying on corrective lenses. This can provide a significant advantage in the field, allowing for quicker and more accurate decision-making.

Increased Safety

LASIK surgery can also enhance the safety of military personnel in a number of ways. For instance, service members who wear glasses or contact lenses may be at a greater risk of injury or damage to their corrective lenses in combat situations. Glasses can break or shatter, causing harm to the eyes, while contact lenses can become dislodged or contaminated.

By eliminating the need for corrective lenses, LASIK can help mitigate these risks and improve the overall safety of military personnel.

Reduced Medical Costs

Another benefit of LASIK surgery for service members is that it can help to reduce medical costs over the long term. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can be a significant expense, particularly for military personnel who may need to replace them frequently due to loss or damage. Over time, the cost of these corrective lenses can add up and become a financial burden for service members.

By undergoing LASIK surgery, service members can eliminate the need for these ongoing expenses and save money.

In conclusion, LASIK surgery is a highly beneficial option for military personnel who want to improve their vision and enhance their safety in the field. If you’re a service member who is considering LASIK surgery, it’s important to discuss your options with us at your consultation to determine if it’s the right choice for you.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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