Health Services


National Capitol Area Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program, Fort Drum Extension

ONLY active duty Soldiers and Soldiers on active orders that meet program requirements are eligible to participate. Solders eligible for treatment will be given the opportunity to receive treatment, by order of priority (see Commander Guidance) at Keller Army Community Hospital- West Point. 

Basic Requirements

  • 21 years old or older with at least 18 months Time-In-Service remaining on date of surgery
  • No contact lens wear before any treatment or evaluation in the program
  • Discontinue all Contact Lens wear for; 4 weeks minimum if you wear soft lenses or 6 weeks minimum if you wear hard lenses or sleep in your soft lenses
  • At least 1 year old or older prescription history

Patients are ineligible for surgery if they:

Are pregnant or nursing or plan on becoming pregnant in the next 12 months.
Have had the Small Pox vaccine in the past 3 months, Flu Mist vaccine or any other live virus vaccine in the past month.
Have used Immetrex, Accutane, or Corticosteroids (Prednisone, Cortisone, Triamcinolone, etc.) in the past 12 months.
Not on station for 90 days past date of surgery.


To schedule an evaluation call 315-772-2234.

We book up to 28 days out if appointments are available. If you have had a full exam within the past year you may only need the additional tests necessary for an evaluation. If your last exam, a year or older, was completed by a civilian Doctor a copy of that exam will need to be brought in.

If medically qualified, the Doctor will issue a consult form. Following submission instructions on the consult form, the completed packet will need to be submitted to Fort Drum Optometry either by turning it in at P10501 Euphrates River Valley, or by faxing it to 315-772-0700.

All travel will be out of pocket expenses for any Soldier in 10th Mtn. Restrictions to travel are no driving or flying back from FBCH and no driving to and from appointments while there.
Any questions, please contact program manager 315-772-1801.

Contact Us

(315) 772-2234

Please call for an appointment.

P10501 Euphrates River Valley Rd.
Fort Drum, New York 13602

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