Health Services

Main Optometry Clinic

What We Do

The clinic provides routine and acute optometry services.

Beneficiaries Treated

Active Duty Service Members/Cadets

Accessing Care (Follow Instructions for Scenarios Below)

Routine Eye Exams

  • Don't book online. Contact the Access to Care line at 719-524-2273, option 1.

  • Bring and take note of the following items for the appointment:

    • Arrive 15 minutes early

    • Expect to be dilated.  Bring sunglasses.

    • If you wear contact lenses, please wear them to the appointment and bring any prescription information with you.

  • Only one routine eye exam is authorized every 365 days.

  • If no appointments are available within 28 days, Active Duty Service Members are authorized a referral for optometry services off-base.  A referral is required.  Place a message to your PCM via the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal and indicate the need for optometry network referral due to no access within 28 days.  Visit our page for appointments and referrals page for instructions when your care is deferred off-base/to the network.

Acute Eye Issues

  • Acute Eye Issues/Eye Pain:  Do not book online.  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.

Active Duty Family Members, Retirees and Their Families

  • Do not require a referral to be seen off-base for a routine exam.  For more info on vision benefits and how to seek care, visit
  • To find network optometry provider, visit the network provider directory.  It is essential that you utilize a network provider, or could otherwise incur out-of-pocket charges. If any difficult is encountered with finding network providers, contact Health Net Federal Services at 1-844-866-9378.

How to Utilize the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal

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


719-524-2273, Option 1


7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closed the Second Thursday of every month


4102 Pinion Drive
USAF Academy CO 80840
3rd Floor of the Main Clinic

MHS GENESIS Information

Appointment Booking Location

Air Force Medicine USAF Academy Main Optometry Clinic

Patient Portal Providers

0033 Hamm, Lori
0033 Nielsen, Nathaniel
0033 Baird, Richard
0033 Haley, Jonathan OD
Routine Eye Exam 1-3

Message Location

USAF Academy Optometry
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