Waiver for eyesight?

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  1. Armywifenavymom

    Armywifenavymom Member

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    DS is currently a junior and intends to apply for USMA c/o 2022. He has many of the familiar traits among strong candidates in terms of leadership, academics, athletics, etc. My question is his eyesight- he has a high prescription for myopia. Any thoughts on waiver process? TIA
     
  2. 5Day

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    Sorry, but you need to define "very high". Here is the standard:
    a. Current distant visual acuity of any degree that does not correct with spectacle lenses to at least one of the following (367):
    (1) 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye (369.75).
    (2) 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye (369.75).
    (3) 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other eye (369.73).
    b. Current near visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in the better eye (367.1-367.32).
    c. Current refractive error (hyperopia (367.0), myopia (367.1), astigmatism (367.2x)), in excess of -8.00 or +8.00 diopters spherical equivalent or astigmatism in excess of 3.00 diopters.

    Waivers can be had but are difficult if the error is more than +/-8 diopters. Mostly because of the increased chance of retinal detachment.
     
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    It's probably different for each candidate and even different from year to year. Just for information purposes, my DD received waiver with -8 and -9 diopter.
     
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    Thanks for your response! DS is over -8, so I know it's out of standards- good to know he's not alone. Best of luck to your DD!