Air Force Pilot Vision Requirements: Refractive Errors

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  1. afrotc2022

    afrotc2022 Member

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    Hi All,

    OK, so I've been doing some research on the USAF FC1 Refraction requirements for eyesight. Here are my results from DODMERB:

    Right Eye: Sphere: -2.25 Cylinder: +0.50 Axis: 0.92
    Left Eye: Sphere: -1.00 Cylinder: +0.75 Axis: 0.87

    That might be Greek to some people...sorry.

    I think, from my research, that this is out of standards for a FC1. Any thoughts? Will I have to get an ETP, or is it waiverable? Will PRK/LASIK correct this, and should I do that ASAP if I go the AFROTC route? As far as I know, USAFA will do it for you, AFROTC makes you pay out of pocket.

    Thank you all for your time!
     
  2. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    I don't remember how the cylinder and axis play in, but those sphere numbers should be waiverable.
     
  3. 16lpontzer

    16lpontzer Member

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    BLUF: Don't worry about your eyes, have fun with your last 1.5 years of high school.
    Your eyesight is good enough that you can fly with corrective lenses. Your eyes might even be too good for USAFA PRK.
    Source: Mine are worse and I have the choice between PRK and corrective lenses.
    DO NOT under any circumstances have PRK or Lasik done before you enter the military because as far as I know it is medically disqualifying.
     
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  4. afrotc2022

    afrotc2022 Member

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    Thanks for the quick answers! I'll take the advice and stop freaking out... :)
     
  5. usafa2022

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    How did you get your exam results from DoDMERB? Are they available on the portal somewhere?