Eyesight?

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  1. ballsy

    ballsy Member

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    Hello everybody. I was recently awarded an AROTC scholarship, and am expecting to do the DoDMERB sometime soon. I have a few questions about my eyesight. I don't have anything worse than just bad vision (as far as I'm aware). I think my incorrectly vision is 20/100 or maybe a little worse like 20/120.

    1.) I've seen that you shouldn't wear contacts 3 days before the exam. Can I wear my glasses?

    2.) Should I bring my glasses and contacts? I plan on wearing my glasses because they have a stronger and more updated prescription.

    3.) What's the worst uncorrected vision that someone can have?

    4.) Kind of unrelated, but what should I be eating prior to the exam, as far as the urine test? More protein/sodium?
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Yes, please wear your spectacles, you don't need to be blind for 3 days.

    You only need to take your spectacles. Don't bother bringing your contacts, in fact there are a few threads where people ONLY brought their contact lenses and ran into difficulty.

    It's not the 20/XXX they are worried about, it is the actual prescription which is +/- 8.00 diopters (please double check the 8, I'm going off memory)

    Eat whatever you normally eat.
     
  3. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    Congratulations on your scholarship! Here is my opinion on your questions:

    1. Wearing glasses is no problem. I have glasses too and wore them to the exam. That shouldn't be an issue for you.

    2. I don't think you need to bring contacts, especially if the prescription is weaker. I have contacts too, but I didn't bring them, and the optometrist didn't ask for them. It can't hurt to have them with you, though, just in case.

    3. In my humble opinion, your vision won't be a problem. As long as you don't have any eye disorders (lazy eye, glaucoma, etc., etc.), I doubt that they will DQ you. This is coming from someone who passed his DoDMERB with worse vision than yours ;). If you become a pilot, they will likely provide laser surgery to correct your vision to 20/20.

    Regarding a "lower limit," I know that the AFA requires vision within +/- 8.0 diopters, so I am guessing AFROTC is the same. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) 8.0 diopters is REALLY POOR vision--something like 20/700 :eek:.

    4. Personally, I would NOT eat more protein prior to the exam. They will give you a urine test, and if you test positive for protein (as many athletes do), you will have a remedial exam to go to. These can be rather inconvenient, so in my opinion, it's better to play it safe and avoid protein and strenuous exercise a few days before the exam.

    Again, best of luck to you, and great job on your success so far!
     
  4. ballsy

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    Thanks for the responses! I'm pretty sure my diopter thing is around 2.0 or something, at least that is what my contact box says haha
     
  5. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    I think you are fine. Just make sure to follow DoDMERB's instructions (no wearing contact lenses 3 days prior, etc), and you should be OK :thumb:
     
  6. Heyriddle

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    One of the vision concerns is if you're correctable to 20/20. My son was 20/40, correctable to 20/25 and was DQed. Fortunately he was granted a waiver but boy were we nervous.


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