I don't know where my contact prescription is, but on my contacts it looks like this...
So I guess -4.25 would be my diopters, so I'm within the limits?
Correct, -4.25 is the power of the contact lens. While this would not be used as the qualifying refractive error, it does indicate that you exceed the -3.00 limit by quite a margin. We would anticipate the cyclo refraction to be a little less than your prescription, but not by -1.25. I'm faily certain that refractive surgery would be your only option.
Before you make a decision on PRK or LASIK, make sure that there are no other issues that also could be show stoppers. It would be a bummer to drop a couple grand on your eyes and then find out your hearing isn't up to par.
If you chose to look into refractive surgery, keep in mind that there is a year wait before you can be seen at Brooks and that you need to document your pre-op exams, surgical exams and all follow-up exams. These are required as part of the waiver package. Here's the public CRS (corneal refractive surgery website) for reference. I'm not trying to guide your decision, just give you the facts.http://airforcemedic...name=CTB_070655
Note that most of this applies to active aircrew, but the waiver guide and policy letters refer to applicants. The powerpoint briefing (link just below the two F-16s) is a nice summary of the policy. Again, mostly active aircrew stuff, but sections are specific to FCI.