Eyeglasses for Cadets

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  1. mack7

    mack7 Member

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    Quick question: when I am needing to update my glasses lens to reflect my new eye prescription in the future, is there a place on campus to do so? Or do I need to take care of it while I'm home on breaks?
     
  2. USAFA83GradWife

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    There is an optometrist at USAFA. They take care of all your medical and dental needs. In fact, you would need special permission to go to a civilian doctor.
     
  3. Capt MJ

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    Look forward to BCGs - no matter how they update the military issue frames, they are still...BCGs. Doesn't matter the service.

    Enjoy link below. (Yes, you can still take your Rx and buy your own frames later, as long as they meet regs for wear in uniform.)


    http://www.npr.org/2012/01/27/145983999/military-drops-birth-control-glasses-for-fresher-pair
     
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  4. USAFA83GradWife

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    "They" being USAFA
     
  5. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    USAFA will issue you glasses--both BCGs and a more ordinary looking pair.
     
  6. serendipity

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    The "BCGs" that were issued last summer were small, black plastic rim glasses. They weren't ugly at all, slightly boring, but not ugly. Many cadets continue wearing them after BCT. I know a 16er who got the issued glasses at some point during her cadet career, wore them through her firstie year, and continues to do so.
     
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    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    I didn't care for them, personally, because I felt like the lenses were too small and I disliked the integrated nosepiece design. They are perfectly serviceable glasses, though, for those who are less particular about their eyewear. :D

    Be aware that the optometrist clinic on base only stocks a very limited number of frame options, none of which I thought were overly fashionable. If you prefer a style other than BCG's or aviators, you may want to opt for a civilian pair that is within regs.
     
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  8. Capt MJ

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    Ugliness/beauty is, in this case, not only in the eye of the beholder, but the wearer.

    I just picked up my 6 free pairs of black plastic framed reading glasses that military retirees rate, and shared a good laugh with the young Navy corpsman at the USNA Med Clinic Optometry office about their almost-delightful ugliness. They are my house glasses, the spare in my computer bag, the spare in the car. Price is right, and by gosh, I wear my BCGs with perverse pride.
     
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  9. mack7

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    Awesome. Thank you all so much!
     
  10. haleym

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    Eh, I'm going to have to disagree with you there. They really are not that bad, especially in comparison to the old ones. I wear mine on a daily basis as do many other cadets and military members, and I have never once been asked why I do so nor have I been avoided by the opposite gender. But then again, those are pretty low standards. Ha!
     

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