The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program
The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP) was implemented to provide refractive eye surgery for active duty service members. It is designed to decrease dependence on glasses or contact lenses and increase combat effectiveness. The Fort Bragg Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP) was the first refractive surgery program in the Army, opening in May 2000. As of 2017 more than 50,000 refractive surgeries have been performed at WAMC.
To be the national leader in warfighter refractive eye surgery using cutting edge technology and delivering an unsurpassed patient experience.
Refractive Procedures Performed
Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis(LASIK)
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK)
Implantable collamer lens (ICL) Surgery
Guidelines and Program Requirements
All active-duty & activated National Guard & Reserve service members (Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines) are eligible for refractive surgery under the WRESP program if they meet the following criteria:
Approval by Commanding Officer
No adverse personnel actions pending
At least 12 months remaining on active duty
Eye exam within the past 12 months (Optometry)
Meet refractive requirements (determined during preoperative exam)
Ability to meet all preoperative and postoperative appointments
If you meet requirements:
Make sure it is legible. Double check your application to make sure all boxes have been checked.
Bring your packet to Refractive Eye Surgery Clinic at Womack Army Medical Center (Reilly Road entrance, second floor, 2-south)
Contact Lens Users
What should I expect next?
A member of our staff will review your packet.
If guidelines are met then our front desk will contact you within 2 weeks to schedule your appointment for your preoperative testing. You may wish to have a driver with you that day as you will have your eyes dilated. Expect the preoperative appointment to take approximately 2-3 hours.
If you qualify for surgery you will be scheduled to attend an information brief held on Friday mornings.
Surgery will be booked after the information brief.
Preoperative tests are good for 3 months from the day they are complete. If you need to schedule surgery further than 3 months out from that date we will have to repeat your preoperative tests.
How does this affect schooling and assignments?
Service members of every military occupational specialty (MOS) can receive Lasik or PRK surgery. Having had refractive surgery does NOT necessarily disqualify a service member from attending special military schools (jump, Ranger, Special Forces, HALO, etc.); the individual would have to obtain a waiver. The Refractive Surgery Clinic staff can provide more information.
Commander authority is mandatory to receive the surgery. Upon completion of the surgery, the service member will be given five days of convalescent leave and will have a 30-day profile (no Army Physical Fitness Test can be administered and the service member will not be permitted to participate in any field exercises during this timeframe). The service member will not be approved for most schools (Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault) for 90 days after surgery. The service member will typically not be deployable for 30-90 days after surgery.
For more information on refractive surgery please call the clinic at 910-907-7620 or 910-907-6033.
Combined Surgery Packet (fillable)
Editable Commander's Memo (included in Surgery packet)