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Contact Lenses on Field Ex

Discussion in 'General Royal Marines Joining Chit Chat' started by kimbo96, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. kimbo96

    kimbo96 Member

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    Have any current recruits or serving Royals got any experience on wearing dailies on field exercise?
    Was wondering how you manage wearing them whilst on sentry or if you were ambushed for example :)
     
  2. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    My boss on my last tour (Afghanistan) wore contact lens. He kept on top of his eye hygiene and evidently had no issues. He took a six month supply with him and had fresh boxes sent out at regular intervals.

    When I joined all, Ahem..., a few years ago recruits were required to wear issued specs. Unsure what the CTC ruling is these days. Perhaps @The guide will know.

    Top tip- Have your specs/prescription goggles to hand at all times : You really don't want to be playing with lenses when there are more pressing issues.
     
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  3. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    Issue specs it is, for the very reasons you mentioned, and also availability when away (which is do,able but the old Joe 90,s are a good solid fall back (though a bit better now than the old issue specs as about 10 frames available, still retro though ;))...In training, to be honest, it,s easier and cheaper..contacts are provided unless a medical need..so take a cheap pair of glasses for the field then get some service one,s issued.

    Recruits are able to go via Sickbay for them - Hospital appointments office - apart from that you can get specs voucher for DSE use (display screen equipment) as incumbent on the employer to provide the correct H&S equipment and glasses fall under that , but there are set criteria.
     
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  4. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    Usual common sense approach of keeping clean before touching them really, take some eye drops which will soothe and cleanse etc. Another tip is to take a plastic camping mirror with you so you can actually take them out when admin’ing yourself.

    Or just cut about with your eyes closed the whole time, there's not much to see and do anyway.
     
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  5. Hunter71

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    My nod wears contacts and hasn’t had any eye input while at CTC. ?
     
  6. The guide

    The guide Ex RAF, Ex Royal Marines, now RN.! go figure

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    He won't unless he asks for it.!!
     
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    I see! Unfortunately my son is still too scared to ask for things.
     
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    1970's tacti-cool option. :)

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    We are still paying for his :mad::mad:
     
  10. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    It’s not school. Time he grows up.

    Sorry- I edited this to add- No harm meant, I just would encourage any parent to promote that their child develops some independence. Unit life is quite different than CTC & being tied to the apron string won’t help.

    He can buy his own lens- he has a full time job now :D
     
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  11. kimbo96

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    Thanks for the advice @The guide @Grey man, il take it on board for when I hopefully get to RT.
     
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  12. kimbo96

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    I’ll be wearing contacts as much as possible for sure

    The prospect of wearing these isn’t exactly encouraging me either!
     

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    He pays for our Netflix. :)
     
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  14. Grey man

    Grey man Royal Marines Commando

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    Whilst it’s in my head, it would be a shame not to spin a little dit. A few years ago this same boss was on a jump course in the states. Seeing the New Jersey countryside laid out so fetchingly all around and under you is a sight to behold.

    When you free fall you are in charge of monitoring your altitude by checking your wrist altimeter, responsible for pulling your parachute, navigating it and landing. Then further down the line, you’ll be jumping with others. All of these responsibilities require not only good decision making, but the ability to see clearly.

    Something the boss didn’t have as he intentionally left his lens out. He naively convinced himself a blurry skydive would be less terrifying. How he landed safely, I’ll never know! We completed 8 free falls in total and 8 times in a row this Capt would quickly fumble about to put in his lens on the DZ before he thought anyone would clock him. Each time a big American jump master looking on said to us “Gee.. that guy sure does get emotional after a jump”

    He assumed our blind officer was crying and wiping his tears away after each jump.


    A country sleeps safe.
     
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    I used to wear contacts in the field! All i’d say is keep on top of eye admin and clean hands properly before taking them out/putting in, carry liquid and any spares.

    Take an old pair of glasses too!

    I tend to of found during the day I’d use contacts for any daytime lessons and then take them out just before last light. Then use glasses for your harbour and sentry routines mainly for phase one.

    In phase two of training you’ll be issued NVG’s for more tactical exercises and you can adjust the lenses on these and they kinda acted like glasses! Without them you’ll not see anything anyway and with it being more tactical you’ll sleep/occupy a harbour through the day and then move at night more often anyway.
     
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  17. kimbo96

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    Thank you for that info @Geespt, I never took NVGs into account but that’s great to know

    What you say about operating more often at night, I don’t think it’s worth getting LASIK with the risks of night glare which would be a showstopper in those situations
     
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    They did at the capita medical yes
     
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    Lasik is a bar to entry until age 22.!!
     
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    In training at the moment and wear dailies just for the ease! In the field I always take eye drops, spare lenses and specs.

    Definitley not good drills but managed to get 5 days of use from one pair of dailies during hunters moon.