Contact Lenses

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Spunkymac, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Spunkymac

    Spunkymac Member

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    Our son will be a plebe in July 2009. He wears sleep-in contacts that come out in the morning when he wakes up. Will he be allowed to wear these during indoc and afterwards?
     
  2. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    I think the question was asked recently.. it was suggested that the person wear glasses until after the summer... it was a different SA, but probably the same idea..
     
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Not quite sure exactly what type of lenses you are talking about, but I think you are referring to the lenses that are made to "shape the cornea" and not the ones used during the day for distance vision.

    I actually don't know the Academy answer to your question; however, if he can put them in and get them out on his own time then nobody will really care what he does. With that being said the mornings are usually very quickly paced, as in you wake to the playing of reveille and within a few moments are standing at attention in the hallway. There really isn't time to do much, especially get contacts out or in and in the correct solution.

    I would recommend wearing glasses for Indoc unless you are wearing the extended wear lenses that you keep in for a week or two or a month and don't take out on a daily basis. If you do wear that type of lens you could probably do it; however, I would never recommend sleeping in contact lenses as that can bring about all sorts of problems. I would say 90% of the corneal ulcers I've ever seen are in patients who have slept in their contacts.
     
  4. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    Are glasses issued during Indoc at USMMA like they are at the other Academies?
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    No they are not. Routine eye care is not included in the health services provided by the Academy. Bring your own glasses and if necessary I would recommend getting a cheap pair you don't really care about for Indoc.

    I know I got a couple shoes to the face during PT in Indoc that bent my glasses a couple of times. Never broke, but put a little twist in them.
     
  6. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    thanks for the info. i am pretty used to my glasses getting bent out of shape through sports.
     
  7. jamzmom

    jamzmom Founding Member

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    I know that some of the candidates, prior to this incoming class, had taken an extra written eyeglass prescription from their eye doctor with them upon reporting in for those "just in case" events that may or may not happen (shoes to the face). Not many I've spoken with messed with the contacts during INDOC. They seemed to find it too difficult to do the cleansing routines needed with contacts and did not want to end up with eye issues right in the middle of training. Hint: Time will be very very very limited & eye irritations or infections will be miserable.
     
  8. Jesusvubowers

    Jesusvubowers Banned

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    Is it safe to wear blue contact lenses on top of all white contact lenses?

    you definatly should NOT wear more that 1pair of contacts in each eye, you will end up hurting yourself, or even losing the lense in the back of your eye, which is not fun..Dont do it!
     
  9. Jerryfleugene

    Jerryfleugene New Member

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    You should not take from a few contacts in each eye, you end up hurting yourself, or even the loss of the lens of the eyes in the back, which is not fun .. Dont do it!
     

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