Help Please Recent DQ D155.70 Myopia Refractive greater than -8.00 diopters

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  1. GoodToGo

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    My DD is entering college as a freshman and was awarded a 3 year AROTC scholarship. About a month ago she completed both her Opto and Medical appointments. We just checked my DD’s DODMERB status and it has changed to DQed for D155.70 Myopia – refractive greater than -8.00 diopters (spherical equivalent). Does not meet medical standards. Because it is the weekend we are not able to call to get more information. If anyone can help with some questions I have I would greatly appreciate it because the wait to call on Monday is driving us crazy.

    1. Since she is an AROTC scholarship winner will she automatically get reviewed for a waiver? (Sorry if not the correct terminology)

    2. Is there anything we should do at this point or do we have to wait for an official notification?

    3. Since I can’t see her exam results I do have her last routine eye exam she had on 11/20/2017. Can anyone tell what her chances may be based maybe off of her last routine exam?


    Spectacle OD SPH -3.50, CYL .025, Axis 140 and then for OS SPH -6.75, CYL -.075, Axis 170


    Contact Lenses are soft. She is correctable 20/20 OD -3.50 and OS -6.50


    Once again I thank you so much in advance for any advice you all can give.
     
  2. GoodToGo

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    Just wanted to add a correction to something I typed wrong. The CYLs should read .25 and .75
     
  3. Falcon A

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    Yes ... because she was awarded a 3yr AROTC Scholarship she will be submitted for a medical waiver. The decision authority will be the Army Cadet Command commanding general and he will be advised by the Cadet Command Surgeon. They may not get to her waiver review right away. It seems priority goes to the 4 yr scholarship winners entering college this fall.

    Best wishes to you and her ... and thanks for her willingness to serve!
     
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    You will receive information through the DoDMERB portal or directly from Army Cadet Command (or both) on next steps. May need another exam or paperwork.
     
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    Thank you so much for your response. I definitely used the search bar and have read every last thread involving this condition back to about 2008 lol. It is so sad that in most cases the OP never comes back to say how it ended. There are a few that said they got the waiver. Based off of her last routine exam prescription (she was under 8.0), hopefully her DODMERB exam prescription isn't to much worse and just put her barely over the 8.0 and she can have a good chance of getting a waiver. I will call DODMERB Monday to request her prescription the Dr. gave her. I'm happy to see she will get an automatic submission for a waiver. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. She leaves for school, which is clear across the country, the end of August. It would be nice to know before she leaves. Thank you so much once again! I really appreciate it.
     
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    Your DD has large difference in refraction between her left and right eyes.

    The thing I’d be concerned of off the bat is her depth perception. However, I’m assuming she passed her depth perception testing because DODMERB DQ’ed her only for refractive error.

    The spherical equivalent in the left eye is a -7.50 so she’s gotten worse since November 2017.

    She should get a waiver so long as she’s under -10 spherical equivalent AND retinal exam is normal (ie no tears, holes, Fuch’s spots, lattice degeneration, etc). Your DD is at increased risk for retinal detachment because she is a high myope.
     
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  8. GoodToGo

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    @GoCubbies thank you so much for your response! I knew you would definitely have some super advice! Yes, the Myopia DQ was the only thing listed. Keeping our fingers crossed. I will definitely update for others who may be going through this so they can have something to look back on. On a side note. We live in St. Louis and I noticed your Wash U Profile picture. Amazing school! Now the team, not so sure about lol!! Go Cards! :)
     
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    Sir or ma’am... you say you knew I’d have some super advice... that’s a lot of pressure to put on me.

    My older DD is at WashU undergrad wanting to be a doctor so she’s got some big hurdles (ie weed out classes) in front her.
     
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    She is in the right place to be a doctor. Wash U is one of the best! And yes, through all of my searching for answers involving where my DD stands with this DQ situation your advice has been spot on! Thank you for helping us all. And I am a ma'am. :thumb:
     
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    GoCubbies is correct about retinal issues later in life. Please tell your daughter it is very important to have regular dilated eye exams. I did not go to the eye doc regularly after lasik and when I finally went I had to have emergency laser surgery on both eyes to repair multiple large tears in both of my retinas. I had zero symptoms and could have gone blind at any time. I only got the eye exam b/c I was bringing my son to the eye doctor.

    Best of luck with your DD’s waiver.
     
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    @redwhitebluemom I just read your comment to her word for word. And she truly listened which is hard to get a teenager to do sometimes. Thank God you got that eye exam. Thank you once again. You are another example of why I love this board. Everyone helping everyone!
     
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    In case anyone is following this, my DD checked her status today and it now says "Pending Waiver Submission/Review." Her DQ letter was uploaded and basically stated there is a chance she could get a waiver but the request would need to be made first. So I guess that means we have to wait to see if they want her to do any further testing or whatever. Not sure what it means. Just sad she has to go through this knowing it may be many more months before we can know anything for sure. Really trying to be patient. :(
     
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    That is the normal DoDMERB update for those needing a waiver. Hang in there. If my memory is correct, there should be another update soon either in her AROTC portal and/or on the DoDMERB indicating AROTC is doing a waiver review
     
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    Thanks so much! I will be sure to have her check the AROTC portal as well.