Uncorrected vision and surgery

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  1. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    Quick question: When the requirements to be pilot qualified vision-wise state 20/40 uncorrected (Navy/Marines) or 20/70 uncorrected (AF), can you be worse than those numbers uncorrected as long as you get corrective surgery that gets your eyes up to 20/20? Or do you need to meet those numbers uncorrected before you get surgery in order to be pilot qualified?
     
  2. Eagle 1

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    This question had me confused for about two years but the bottom line is you just need to be correctable to 20/20. There are some other medical requirements behind it, but being 20/40 or 20/70 doesn't have anything to do with it.

    For example, my vision is about 20/100 and I've been approved for LASIK once I get back from field training this summer. I will be competing for a pilot slot.

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    From the AFROTC website (http://www.afrotc.com/help-center/faqs/scholarships/#q_14):
    Don't know about Navy, but I think it's the same.
     
  3. pilot2b

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    Much appreciated Eagle 1.:thumb:
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Navy is the same within a few standards. One is that the surgery must have been performed by a military ophthalmologist if you are ROTC/Academy/currently in the service. You also still have to be within the commissioning range of +/-8.00 diopters prior to surgery.

    The 20/40 standard is for what your vision is at the time of application.
     

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