Eyesight requirements for all academies?

25Grad

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Hey all,

I was wondering if there's a limit to how bad your eyes can be, or if they just have to be correctable to 20/20. My current prescription is -8.00 in my left eye and -7.75 in my right eye, however they are both corrected to 20/20 with glasses with slight astigmatism in both. Based on this, would I be medically disqualified from any of the service academies?
 

kinnem

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You are more likely to get a detailed response on the DoDMERB forum.
 

Hockey10

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I am a civilian ophthalmologist with a story that is about 18 years old. I examined an 18 year old applicant to a SA whose correction mirrored yours (assuming your astigmatism is what I'd consider slight.) I referred him to a reputable corneal surgeon whom I know would refuse to operate if there was even the slightest contra-indication as this much myopia borders on the limits of refractive. He had the surgery, did well, and I wrote a letter confirming the excellent health of his eyes. He received his waiver and appointment and was recently promoted to O-6. I know times have changed and this matter is handled much differently now. I would, however, recommend starting to get your ducks lined up now. First, find out if a specific academy would accept you with this myopia. If not, would an academy accept you and have you get refractive surgery as a cadet? Can you get LASIK before entering? But you need a thorough exam to find out if you are a candidate for surgery as there are contra-indications. To repeat, I am not knowledgeable on the rules and regulations today. But I do know this can involve a long process and it's better to start as early as possible so you're not chasing points later.
 

Capt MJ

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Hey all,

I was wondering if there's a limit to how bad your eyes can be, or if they just have to be correctable to 20/20. My current prescription is -8.00 in my left eye and -7.75 in my right eye, however they are both corrected to 20/20 with glasses with slight astigmatism in both. Based on this, would I be medically disqualified from any of the service academies?
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2023CDT

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It depends based on the Academy, I believe at WP it just has to be correctable to 20/20. and from what i've heard DO NOT get corrective eye surgery until you're at the academy, this can completely ruin your application if something goes wrong, plus the Army will pay for it here. All in all though, there is no saying for sure anything until you contact DoDMERB with this process and possibly start a waiver if they say you need one. Start early and stay in touch with the medical professionals
 
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