If you require a test for COVID-19 or think that you may need a test, message your primary care team via the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal.  If not enrolled and for more information, visit our COVID-19 Guide to Care.

The Armed Services Blood Program is conducting a blood drive September 28-30 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Field House Concourse , 2169 Field House Dr. Make an appointment at https://militarydonor.com.
Use code USAFA-CO. View our Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive Guide to learn more.

Health Services

Cadet Optometry Clinic

Services Provided

The Cadet Optometry Clinic provides:

  • Routine Optometry Services
  • Acute Optometry Services
  • Flight Eye Exams
  • Graduation Clearance Exams

Beneficiaries Treated

  • Cadets
  • Active Duty Service Members

Accessing Care (Follow Instructions for Scenarios Below)

Flight/Grad Eye Exams

  • Initial flying class and graduate eye exams are 2-3 hours in length and include dilation.

  • Book via the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal by selecting the option to Schedule an Appointment, select Optometry Appointment for the reason for your visit, then Air Force Medicine USAF Academy Cadet Optometry Clinic location option.  See screenshots at the bottom of this page.

  • Bring and take note of the following items prior to the appointment:

    • Initial flying Class form filled out electronically and signed (message clinic via MHS GENESIS Patient Portal to receive the paperwork and return in advance).

    • Bring prescription glasses (Only glasses can be used for this exam – no contacts).

    • Soft contact lens wearers: NO contact lens wear for 30 days prior to your exam.

    • Rigid contact lens wearers:  NO contact lens wear for 90 days prior to your exam.

    • Contact lenses can cause irregular shaped corneas which may potentially disqualify cadets from a rated AFSC.

    • If patient arrives wearing contacts, they will be turned away and asked to reschedule.

    • Bring sunglasses.

    • Patient will be dilated with effects lasting up to 24-48 hours meaning they will be DNIF/Do not involve flying/jumping (no Airmanship activities for 48 hours)

    • It is recommended patients do not choose a day involving a GR or study activities for a test

Routine and Acute Eye Exams for Cadets

  • Annual eye exams:  Acute Eye Issues/Eye Pain:  Contact the access to care line at 719-524-2273, option 1.

    • Arrive 15 minutes early

    • Do not book these online

    • Cadets are authorized one exam every 365 days

  • Acute Eye Issues/Eye Pain:  Contact the access to care line at 719-524-2273, option 1.

Refractive Surgery/PRK/LASIK/Laser Vision

  • Requests related to these services should be directed to the Refractive Surgery Clinic at 719-333-0525.  They can be messaged on the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal at USAF Academy Ophthalmology Messaging.

Contact Lenses

  • Current contact lens wearers:  wear contact lenses and bring a copy of your last year’s prescription to have it renewed.  Purchasing of contacts are out of pocket.

  • Never worn contacts:  It is not a TRICARE covered service and will have to be seen off- base for an initial contact lens fitting (out of pocket cost).

  • This is not applicable to AD flyers or cadets who are covered under the contact lens program for active duty flyers.

Paperwork, Prescription Copies

  • Use the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal to send messages to USAF Academy Optometry Clinic.  Attach files within the message menu.  You will receive attachments in return when requested.

How to Utilize the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal

Book Flight/Grad Eye Exam Online

From the Dashboard, choose the option to Schedule an Appointment.


In the schedule appointment menu, select who the appointment is for and then choose Optometry Appointment in the reason for your visit.


Next, choose the location of Air Force Medicine USAF Academy Cadet Optometry.


Now, select a date/time to book the flight/grad eye exam.  Use the calendar to navigate date ranges.  When finding the best date, click select.


Lastly, provide all of the appropriate information in the Review and Schedule Appointment menu and click the blue Schedule Appointment button to finalize the selection.

Paperwork/Prescription Requests/Messages

From the Dashboard, choose the option to Message My Provider.


In the New Message menu, select the patient that the message is on behalf of.  In the To field, search USAF Academy Optometry Clinic.  Type the appropriate subject, attach files as appropriate and the desired message.

Request Appointments

From the Dashboard, choose the option to Schedule an Appointment.


From there, choose the patient that this request is on behalf as well as the Request Appointment (Other) Online in the field Choose a reason for your visit, then Search.


In the Request an Appointment menu, search USAF Academy Optometry Clinic in the Send request to field.  Fill in all required fields to assist the Optometry staff with the information needed to fulfill your appointment request.

Contact Us

Phone

719-524-2273, Option 1

Hours

Monday–Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closures
Closed the Second Thursday of every month
Closed daily 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location

2355 Faculty Drive, Suite 1N308, in the Cadet Area

MHS GENESIS Information

Patient Portal Appointment Booking Location

Air Force Medicine USAF Academy Cadet Optometry

Patient Portal Providers

7067 Cadet Grad Eye Exam (1,2,3)

Message Location

USAF Academy Optometry
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