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Optometry

At this time, care is limited to cadets and active duty personnel only. Active duty family members may receive routine eye exams annual with no out of pocket costs when using a network provider. Retirees and their dependents may receive a routine eye exam once every two years (24 months) with no out of pocket costs when using a network provider. To find a network provider, visit the Health Net Federal Services Provider Directory. Additional information can be found at TRICARE Covered Services.

Services are provided at both the main clinic and satellite cadet clinic locations.  The Optometry Clinic located at the main campus will have intermittent capability through 23 April 2021.  During this time, some active duty patients will be directed to care at the cadet clinic location.  Patients must have Cadet Area access badge to get to the clinic location.  If patients do not have a badge, they can notify the gate regarding their appointment and they will be provided a temporary badge.

Cadet Optometry Clinic

Beneficiaries Treated: Cadets and Active Duty only at this time.  If a Reservist, must be on orders for 30 days or more at the time of appointment.

Instructions:

Flight Eye Exams:

  • Initial flying class and graduate eye exams are 2-3 hours in length and include dilation.
  • Book via www.tricareonline.com by selecting the “Flight Physical” appointment type and Cadet Optometry Clinic location option.
  • Bring and take note of the following items prior to the appointment:
    • Initial flying Class form filled out electronically and signed (contact clinic for form).
    • 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

Annual Eye Exams: 

Use www.tricareonline.com and search using the Annual Eye Exam appointment type or call the Colorado Market access to care line at 719-524-2273.  When booked for an annual exam:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • If a contact lens wearer, wear them to the appointment and bring prescription information as well as contact lens box
  • Expect that your eyes will be dilated at your appointment and bring sunglasses 

Acute Eye Issues/Walk-Ins: 

Cadet acute eye issues are accommodated with walk-ins from 0700-0730 and 1230-1300 Monday through Friday.

Refractive Surgery/PRK/LASIK/Laser Vision: 

Requests related to these services should be directed to the Refractive Surgery Clinic at 719-333-0525.

Main Campus Optometry Clinic

Beneficiaries Treated: Cadets and Active Duty only at this time.  If a Reservist, must be on orders for 30 days or more at the time of appointment. 

How to Book:

Use www.tricareonline.com and search using the Annual Eye Exam appointment type or call the Colorado Market access to care line at 719-524-2273.  If attempting to book online and unable find available appointments at the main campus, change the clinic drop down option to the Cadet Optometry Clinic and resume the search.

Contact Us

Location:

Cadet Clinic: 2355 Faculty Drive,
across from the Pharmacy

Hours:

Cadet Clinic: Monday through Friday,
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Telephone:

Cadet Clinic: 719-333-5189

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