Eyesight issues

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  1. aamir1232

    aamir1232 New Member

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    I am a freshman in high school and am hoping to get into USNA and become an officer in the navy. I have a 4.125 GPA, but I am unsure if I can get in with my eyesight. I am -4.75 in my left eye and -5.75 in my right. Is this disqualifying? I would like to know as soon as possible to do my best on improving my vision if I have to. Could you also inform me on what I need to do for the rest of my high school years to have a greater chance of admission? Thank you!!!
     
  2. JShawshank

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    You can look at USNA medical requirements and compare with your specific situation. Specific vision item you will be interested in is:

    1) Vision not correctable to 20/20 in both eyes is disqualifying. Refractive error exceeding + or –8.00 diopters and astigmatism exceeding 3.00 diopters is disqualifying.

    http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/_files/documents/MedicalAppendix1.pdf
     
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  3. 5Day

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    Improving your vision?

    The only way I know is eye surgery and you are to young.
     
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    aamir1232 New Member

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    Are there any waivers possible? How much should I bring my prescription to in order for there to be a waiver considered? Is LASIK or PRK a probability?
     
  5. Socnorb

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    I have worse eyesight than you and I'm medically qualified. I think you're fine as long as you can wear glasses or contacts.
     
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    I received medical waiver. Have -7 left and -5.5 right. I also have lazy eye. What is contingent on a medical waiver if you are competitive enough is that your condition cannot be disqualifying meaning in your case, as long as you have 20/20 "corrected" vision (corrected as in you have glasses/contacts or any prescription to "correct" your vision so that you see 20/20) you are still in the running for a waiver. Eye surgery is disqualifying (on USNA website) so DODMERB will disqualify you for that.
     
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  7. 5Day

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    If you wear glasses or contacts and with your glasses your eye site is 20/20 there is no problem.
     
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    Wow guys thank you soo much. I was getting a little worried that I have no chance of getting in. Glad there's a chance. Thanks! Is there any advice you would give to me for the rest of my high school that would improve my chances?i mean as in what classes to take etc.
     
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  9. dkdino

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    I would say for the medical portion of your application, as long as you finish at least 50% or more of your online application to the academies, they will initiate the medical for you. Its wise to be proactive, set up the appointment early and finish the medical. Many mistakes do happen for instance they may accidentally DQ you for something you aren't medically DQed for which happened to me twice. Also, from what I've heard, DODMERB handles many applicants (not just service academies but ROTC, the USUHS, etc.). Complete it early, and you may receive notifications earlier. Finally, the waivers are not up to DODMERB. They are up to the academies' medical board if they see you competitive enough. Hopefully this gives you some insight which I myself had to research through the course of a year and a half. Good luck.
     
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  10. Spud

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    The USNA website gives you the types of courses to take in school. Have you read it? I would also suggest you get and read the book "The Naval Academy Candidate Handbook" by S. Ross found on Amazon for about $20. There are other books listed but none are worth the money and one is horrible.
     
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    do not get eye surgery...I believe that is a DQ no waivers. The Military will do the surgery for some qualified to fly, but not until they are 20 or 21.
     

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