Vision Standards

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  1. Corps of Cadets

    Corps of Cadets New Member

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    So my right eye (shooting eye) is within the -/+ 8.00 spherical equivalent diopters but my left eye is -8.25. Does this mean I must get it waived and go through the whole painful process? if anyone has similar stories please share them with me!
     
  2. Heyriddle

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    If your eyes are not correctable to 20/20, then you're probably looking at a DQ and the painful waiver process.

    Maybe someone else can chime in on the diopters.


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  3. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Yes.

    Standard for USNA is ±6 diopters.

    Standard for USMA (and USAFA as well, I think) is ±8 diopters.

    Astigmatism must not exceed 3 diopters.

    Waivers are possible for all of the above. Go through the waiver process, send all information you have, do all the tests they want you to do.

    Jump through the hoops. Follow up constantly. Don't get frustrated.
     
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    Thank You for the information however, fortunately I was misinformed by my optometrist as the prescription mentioned above was for my glasses and not my actual prescription that is on my medical record. According to the most up to date record (1 month ago and my eyes are actually improving!), my actual prescription is a spherical equivalent of OD:-7.87 and OS:-7.87 as well. Does that mean my vision will not be a DQ if I present the paperwork that states my prescription?
     
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    And I am corrected to 20/20 in both eyes.
     
  6. TriService2017

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    So, just to be clear. You can wear glasses/contacts, but as long as you are correctable to 20/20 within the diopter limits, you pass and don't need a waiver? You only need a waiver if your prescription exceeds the diopter limit?
     
  7. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    Corps, I doubt that you will be DQ'd if you submit the paperwork stating your prescription (as verified by your eye doctor). If DoDMERB has already reviewed your file, it may take a little longer, but you shouldn't need a waiver. It is great that your eyes are improving since 7.87 is a little too close to 8 for comfort. :eek2:

    TriService, from what I know, you are right about this. However, this assumes that you don't have other eye problems, like colorblindness, lazy eye, significant astigmatism, etc., for which a waiver may be required.

    By way of encouragement, the eye exam is really not as scary as many candidates think. I have rather poor vision uncorrected, but with glasses I can see 20/20 no problem, and I had zero difficulties with my exam. As long as your vision is correctable to 20/20 and you don't have eye issues, there is a very high probability that you will do just fine on your exam. :thumb:

    Oh, and if for some reason you run into DoDMERB problems, email Mr. Larry Mullen (the DoDMERB Deputy Director). His contact information is posted in one of the earlier DoDMERB threads. I have read his posts before and have seen others' comments about him, and Mr. Mullen is AMAZINGLY helpful. Definitely contact him if you need any help with the process.

    Best of luck to both of you! :D
     
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    If you are more than -8 can you still get a waiver (for The coast guard)?


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