Eye Problems

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by 1martini, May 17, 2018.

  1. 1martini

    1martini Member

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    Just a foreward: I've read through everything I could find, but couldn't get a straight answer. This new website is kinda annoying, I lost all my bookmarks :p

    I wear glasses/disposable contacts. I am nearsighted, same in both eyes. I have a very slight astigmatism, but I don't wear corrective lenses because it isn't significant enough for me to. Would I need a waiver?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GoCubbies

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    What’s the prescription of your contacts or glasses?

    Also, how can you say you don’t wear corrective lenses but earlier in the paragraph you say you use glasses/disposable contacts?
     
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  3. 1martini

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    Sorry, meant to say I don't wear corrective lenses for the astigmatism

    And the prescription is relatively minor. Ill put it here in a few hours when I get hone
     
  4. 1martini

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    Alright, prescription:
    Power: -3.75
    BC (Base Curve) 8.5

    Still looking for an answer, but thanks all.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @1martini You need to improve your google skills.... found this in less than 5 minutes. :D

    See here: https://www.gocoastguard.com/sites/default/files/uploads/ojak_1_01_apr_16.pdf
    Looks like this is 2 years old, but if I read it correctly, in order to qualify your astigmatism must meet the following:

    I'm confident that waiver can be granted, but there are never guarantees on waivers.
    Good luck!
     
  6. GoCubbies

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    I'm going to assume the -3.75 is the sphere not cylinder portion of your prescription. If so, then you meet the refraction standards for the USCG.

    If you have a certain degree of astigmatism and your prescription takes that fact into account, then there would also be a number associated with the cylinder portion of your prescription. Right now, you've provided only -3.75 but I'll assume it's the sphere.
     
  7. 1martini

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    I can give y'all the exact numbers on my contacts. I don't really have anything ekse.

    D: -3.75
    BC: 8.5
     
  8. GoCubbies

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    You’re within standards.

    D stands for diopters and your sphere is -3.75.
     
  9. 1martini

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    The prescription doesn't cover the astigmatism. The effect was so minor that it didn't make sense for me to buy new glasses & contacts for them

    Plus the contact brand I use doesn't make 1 days for astigmatisms
     
  10. GoCubbies

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    My guess then is your astigmatism is better than the -1.00 standard for cylinder so you’re good to go there too.
     
  11. 808Coastie

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    Isn't the -1.00 standard only for being a pilot? I got the following from the USCGA site:

    Eyes and Vision
    • Uncorrected visual acuity worse than 20/400 in either eye
    • Vision not correctable to 20/20 in either eye
    • Refractive error exceeding plus or minus 8.00 diopters (spherical equivalent)
    • Astigmatism exceeding 3.00 diopters and anisometropia exceeding 3.5 diopters
    • Refractive error corrected by orthokeratology, kerato-refractive, PRK, laser or any other corneal enhancement
     
  12. GoCubbies

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    You are correct. Aviation is -1.00 diopters for cylinders (astigmatism).
     
  13. 1martini

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    So you CAN'T get Lasik or Lasek?
     
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    not before you enter