Vision Qualification/waiver

Island girl

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Feb 13, 2018
08-FEB-18 Date letter uploaded - Disqualification D155.40

15-FEB-18Date exam reviewed

21-FEB-18Date letter uploaded - Remedial R259.01, R152.27, R151.01

21-FEB-18 Date exam reviewed

Agency: US Army ROTC

Current Medical Status:Pending Waiver Submission/Review

This is my status so far. I have appointment w/military ophthalmologist to do the test next month. Few questions:
1)what is the current vision requirement for Army ROTC?
2)is lazy eye a automatic disqualification
3)if I have 20/20 and 20/50 with glasses is this disqualified?
4)does this mean I will be reviewed for possible waiver ?
5)do I have to really go to a military doctor? On the letter it states that I can choose to go to my own doctor.
Thank you for your input.
1) The current standard for distal visual acuity for Army ROTC is the following:

"...for entrance into USMA or ROTC, distant visual acuity that does not correct to 20/20 in one eye and
20/40 in the other eye does not meet the standard."

2) Lazy eye is not an automatic DQ. I'm assuming you have amblyopia and it is caused by strabismus. The degree of strabismus (if this is causing your lazy eye) will determine if you are DQ for the lazy eye. The eye doctor will assess your tropias which will determine the severity (or not) of your strabismus. The standards for tropias are also laid out in the regs.

3) If you can be corrected only to 20/20 and 20/50, then yes, that is DQ based on the current standards.

4) Don't know. I'm not an admin guy.

5) I personally would go to a military doctor. They will have more knowledge on additional testing that may be needed.

One other your eye doctor sure of the reason why you cannot correct to 20/20? There are other conditions like keratoconus that the military eye doctor may look into to ensure the reason for not being correctable to 20/20.
I am curious if anyone knows, from WWII through Vietnam when it was a draft army ) , did any of these visions problems prevent you from being drafted? Same thing for Ezcema and Asthma.
I recall articles a few years back that former VP Joe Biden had asthma which made him DQ for Vietnam service.
****UPDATE***so I went to see the ophthalmologist as requested and got 20/20 and 20/40. Doctor completed form that was faxed to them from Concord (DOTMETS).
now they updated my file with R151.04
R151.04 --- REQUIRES A PHYSICIAN'S APPOINTMENT: Please obtain a NEW consultation with an ophthalmologist or optometrist regarding sensorimotor evaluation; comprehensive strabismus evaluation with multiple measurements of ocular deviation, to include an interpretation and report.

Why didn't they request this on 2/21/18 when they reviewed by file.
Any idea what this test is all about?

I figured your amblyopia had something to do with strabismus.

Don't know why they didn't request on 21 Feb. The only thing I can think of is the DODMERB physical had a DQ visual acuity that was close to the standard. The remedial included a relook with was submitted with visual acuity within standards (i.e. 20/20 in 1 eye and 20/40 in the other). In the remedial exam, there was something there that indicated to DODMERB your depth perception, tropias, and phorias were out of standards. Hence, the request for additional info. I'm only guessing here. It's obvious though DODMERB thinks you've got some eye deviation going on. That eye deviation can be obvious (tropia) in that we can see someone's eye is going off in a different direction or the eye deviation can be "latent" (phoria) in which the deviation cannot be seen unless one eye is covered.

There's no one test to evaluate strabismus with multiple measurements of ocular deviation.

You will undergo multiple evals such as cover test for near and far, Maddox Rod test, AO vectograph, Red Lens test, and Worth four-dot exam. Look all those up if you're curious. You will be also tested for double vision while looking in different directions. You will probably have to let the ophthalmologist know to make sure all your cranial nerves are working right. We all have 12 cranial nerves and 3 of them innervate the muscles that move our eyes in different directions.

Bottom line is the services want to make sure of your depth perception and ability of your brain/eyes to create one image of whatever you're seeing. When we get fatigued and if we have a large degree of tropias/phorias, then the risk of double vision or decreased depth perception is very real.