Vision Waivers

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by LEWAF, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. LEWAF

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    Yes Yes, its that age old question about vision and DODMERB. I'm an AS200 cadet in AFROTC and was just recently told to make my DODMERB appointment. I have been dreading this day since the day I got in to ROTC because I have one eye that just is not up to par. My Distant vision, as of my last eye exam in August was 20/20 (uncorrected) in my right eye and 20/30 (corrected) in my left. My near vision is 20/20 for both eyes.

    Is it possible that after my DODMERB I can get a waiver from the AF for my left eye. My goal was to be a pilot, but I've tossed that aside knowing that 20/30 isnt acceptable for that. Now my goal is simply to be retained and serve in another capacity. I have a good shot at making Field Training as is (though we all like to think that), but how will my eye sight affect my chances of progressing any further?
     
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  2. pilot2b

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    I have no idea how your eyesight will affect your chances for progressing on the path you're on.

    I do know that Air Force pilots need a minimum of 20/50 uncorrected vision in both eyes, correctable to 20/20. If you can't correct your left eye past 20/30, being a pilot is out of the question as you said.

    I definitely sympathize... I have hoped to be a pilot but my right eye is at 20/50 uncorrected currently, and has slowly been getting worse over the years, making it unlikely.
     
  3. LEWAF

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    Yeah, as I said I've kind of tossed the whole pilot idea aside. My whole intention right now is to stay in with my vision, which as a whole isnt too bad, and find another AFSC that I can do.
     
  4. LEWAF

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    So USAF463 posted the medical standards and I got this from it....

    VISION
    a. Current distant visual acuity of any degree that does not correct with spectacle lenses to at least one of the following (367):
    (1) 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye (369.75).
    (2) 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye (369.75).
    (3) 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other eye (369.73).
    b. Current near visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in the better eye

    So am I good? Because this at least makes me think I am okay to stay in the program.
     

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