Eyesight Question

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  1. johnd9090

    johnd9090 Member

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    I've been accepted into the academy and am qualified and all that. The thing i'm wondering about is:

    Will the academy do eye surgeory for me? I'm thinking they will most likely not.

    My vision is 20/25 and 20/40 corrected. I want it to be 20/20 so i can qualify for the rated jobs.

    I have +8 and +7 diopters for my eyesight. Even if they can make my eyes a little better so that i can be 20/20 corrected in both eyes and still wear glasses/contacts, that'd be great. My hopes aren't too high.

    If they can't or won't do eye surgeory for me, what are the chances of getting a waiver with 20/25 and 20/40 to do any of the rated careers?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. mom3boys

    mom3boys Parent

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    Here's what we learned this week: if they won't do it (and it's way more than just your field of vision; has to do w/ corneal thickness, etc...), you can have it done by a private civilian doc. There are forms and procedures, of course...but it is a possibility. :thumb:
     
  3. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    I have heard a lot about people not being allowed to do eye surgery before being a the academy. Make sure that having had eye surgery won't jeopardize your chances for those jobs because it wasn't done by one of their doctors or with them saying to do it. If you want to get the eye surgery and pay for it yourself, make sure it's within the rules for the jobs you are looking into.

    I am no expert, so please correct or confirm.
     
  4. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Pay attention to these suggestions.


    Many times have I heard about actual military doctors performing medical care at future candidates which had their application denied due to the doctor's medical procedure.
     
  5. MullenLE

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    Corneal refractive surgery can be obtained @ Academies for patients meeting the criteria

    Applicants considering these procedures BEFORE entering the Academies should email me FIRST:thumb:
     
  6. Republic_Commando

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    I have recently learned my vision is somewhere around 20/400. I'm guessing that puts me out of becoming a navigator at all. I wear contacts which correct my eyes to 20/20. The information on the side of my contacts case is as follows.

    D -3.75
    *expiration date*
    BC 8.4 DIA 14.0
     
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  7. MullenLE

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    Those determinations R not made until your junior yr with a current comprehensive evaluation:thumb:
     

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