Vision waiver for Army hockey recruit

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  1. Ebladez15

    Ebladez15 New Member

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    Hey fellow members,
    I have a question. How likely am I to receive a vision waiver for the USMA with the corneal disease keratoconus? I know it shouldn't factor in in a perfect world, but does the fact that I am being recruited to play ice hockey for Army give me a greater chance of receiving a waiver? Thanks. Besides that my vision is correctable to 20/20 R and 20/30 L as of now. Thanks for replies!
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    In my opinion obtaining a waiver for keratoconus is going to be very difficult. I would definitely have a very solid plan B in place.

    The issue for keratoconus is that it is a progressive disease which at this time in the US does not have any real treatment options that stop the progression.

    For your own edification I recommend reading up on Corneal Cross-Linking which is currently approved for use in Europe and is undergoing FDA review. It appears to have great potential for people with keratoconus.
     
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    Ebladez15 New Member

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    I am considering the Holcomb C3- R treatment done in Beverly Hills regardless of attendance to the USMA for hockey purposes. Looking at your impressive résumé what opinions can you give on this procedure and whether it is a positive for someone like me who may be DQd by DoDMERB based on my condition?
    Info can be found on keratoconusinserts(dot)com if it would help you come up with a more informed opinion.
     
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    Ill add this Dr. Wachler that invented these procedures for keratoconus had them FDA approved
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Looks to me like he is doing cross-linking. I don't know much more than that and as far as I know it is not FDA approved yet. The INTACS that he mentions is FDA approved I believe.

    This is a discussion you need to have with your ophthalmologist and if desired this physician. I can neither endorse nor provide medical guidance.
     
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    Dr. Boxer Wachler didn't invent anything, although he tells everyone he did. That should be your first clue! Be very careful.
     
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