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Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center


Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center

Application Packet Fort Campbell Service Members

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The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center (WRESC) is located in C-Building on the third floor of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

Telephone number (270) 956-0775                  Fax number (270) 956-0770

The information below provides general information about refractive eye surgery, who is eligible for surgery and how to enroll. Our Refractive Surgery Center performs state of the art PRK, all laser LASIK and ICL’s on Service Members from Fort Campbell and surrounding bases. Not everyone will be a candidate for surgery. Service Members will be advised of their surgical options during their initial evaluation(s).

· Plan Ahead for Surgery!

Refractive surgery requires an intensive pre-operative work-up and post-operative care to ensure the best possible surgical result. We frequently decline surgery to otherwise ideal candidates because they did not present to our clinic in time for evaluation or do not have time for adequate healing prior to deployment. If you are in the military, want refractive surgery, and meet the eligibility requirements – please do not delay in submitting your packet. Early evaluation offers you the best chance of getting surgery before deployment.


· Important

At this time, refractive surgery is only available for Active Duty and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Service Member’s. AGR must be on Title 10 orders. Family members and retirees are not authorized treatment at this time.

Active duty military are eligible for refractive surgery if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years old

  • At least 18 months remaining on active duty at the time of surgery or in conjunction with an executed reenlistment action

  • Approval by Commanding Officer (rank of O-3 or above for Company and O-5 or above for Battalion) see packet for details

  • No adverse personnel actions pending or currently imposed

  • Ability to meet all pre-operative and post-operative appointments


Category 1: Any Service Member assigned to a unit whose mission involves operations at the time of battle or behind hostile lines. Special operations and combat arms units such as Infantry, Field Artillery, and Armor Battalions will be given first priority.

Category 2: Combat Service Support unit personnel in present assignments in a Division or separate Brigade will be given second priority.

Other active duty service members will be considered as space is available.

Historically, our clinic has been able to treat all Category 1 applicants who apply early enough before deployment (if applicable), and most Category 2 applicants. For this reason, Category 2 Service Members are still encouraged to enroll in the program.

How To Enroll For Surgery

 Download the Packet for Fort Campbell Service Members or Off Post Service Members

 No Retyped packets will be accepted.

  • Have the Commander complete and sign the Commander’s Endorsement Letter. It must be signed by current Company (at least O3) and Battalion (at least O5) level or higher Commander and be less than 90 days old. If signed by acting Company/Battalion Commander, attach a copy of the assumption of command orders. (Commanders are encouraged to contact the clinic with any questions regarding timing of surgery or post-operative care of their Service Member. Clinic may be contacted at 270-956-0775 or

  • Complete the Refractive Surgery Checklist.

  • Only complete Aviation Commander’s Authorization if you are on flight status.

 Provide proof of ETS or separation date (Enlisted, Officer and Warrant – ERB/ORB, LES, etc.).
 AGR soldiers must also provide a copy of AGR orders.
 Bring eye glasses, or be able to provide a prescription, at least one year old.

Hand-carry, e-mail, or fax the completed packet to the WRESC located in C-Building on the third floor of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. The clinic is open to receive packets Monday-Friday 0730-1545 hours.

Fax: 270-956-0770     Email:

After your packet has been received, reviewed, and approved, the WRESC will schedule and complete an evaluation process. The evaluation process consists of at least two separate appointments:

Pre-operative #1 – Approximately 60-90 minute appointment. Extensive diagnostic testing is completed to gather data to determine candidacy for refractive surgery.

Pre-operative #2 – Approximately 3-4 hour appointment. Results of the diagnostic testing will be reviewed and a clinical examination will be performed. You will be dilated for this examination. Your surgical options will be discussed at the end of this appointment.

***Important*** You must be out of your contact lenses for at least two weeks prior to your initial evaluation and discontinue wear through the time of surgery. Contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea which potentially affects diagnostic testing and the surgical outcome.

Once you have been approved, your surgical appointment can be established prior to leaving the clinic. Please coordinate your surgical date with your chain of command.

Mailing Address:

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center
650 Joel Drive
Fort Campbell, KY 42223