Eyesight - the facts

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  1. old-lynx-mech

    old-lynx-mech Active Member

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    Some quip referencing specsavers no doubt
     
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  2. Chelonian

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    Just a quick heads up @Ninja_Stoker and @GreyWing

    Extra buttons have suddenly appeared on the posts of others in this thread including one that allows me to edit the posts of other forum users.
     
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  3. Ninja_Stoker

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    Cheers! Sorted.
     
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    @Ninja_Stoker I thought contact lenses were allowed in the SF?

    With VA3.
     
  5. Ninja_Stoker

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    Post #16 refers:

    The latest edition of the reference book states the following in Articles 0606 and 0607:

     
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  6. sp91

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    Ninja (or anyone that can help).

    My eyesight is my main concern for application. Diopters etx are +4 and -1.5 both eyes.

    VA wothout glasses : R 6/30 L 6/20
    VA with glasses: R 6/30 L 6/6

    Aware I meet standards without glasses but concerned that my poor vision in right eye is going to prevent entry.

    Eye surgery is an option but nothing is guaranteed and if I can avoid it I would prefer to.

    Thanks

    Sam
     
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  7. Ninja_Stoker

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    Post #1 outlines the standards to be met. You need to meet both the corrected and uncorrected standards for entry - unfortunately only a qualified optician can give definitive advice in this area.
     
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    Gents,

    Had my recruitment test today at AFCO and passed. Following this I had my eye test at Boots opticians where I found out that I have actually had the wrong prescription for most of my adult life and I do meet both corrected and uncorrected standards. Interview next week and going from there.

    Lesson to be learnt here is be persistent and a second or in my case 3rd opinion can't hurt!

    Looking forward to the challenges
     
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  9. try_hard

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    Hi just wondering if someone can clarify this for me.

    When I joined the RN and had my eyes tested I was at standard 2. The opticians said not to worry because standard 1 was just for Royal Marines, infantry etc. Now I'm wondering if the opticians was wrong or if policy changed. Could I still join the RM at standard 2?

    Sorry I know the answer is probably really obvious but I keep seeing lot of conflicting stuff things on the internet so I thought I just get a straight answer here.
     
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    The optician is incorrect. The standard for entry as a Royal Marine is Visual Acuity 3, so VA2 is fine.

    VA1 is required for those specialising as Snipers, Aircrew and Landing Craft.
     
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    Thank you for clearing that up for me much appreciated.
     
  12. CHx

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    Hey Ninja, first off thanks for the post it is very well laid out.
    I am currently in uni and hoping to join the reserves, i want to make sure i am fully eligible before applying. In accordance with your post i only have one issue, i had laser eye surgery around a year ago, it is LASEK which should be fine as i was older than 22 and all follow up checks have gone as planned where i have information copied that relates to these follow up checks. The only issue i have is i cant seem to get a hold of my pre-op prescription i have tried at the place i got my laser eye surgery done as well as my old opticians. Surely you guys would obtain access to my previous medical records when i apply and thusly also my previous eyesight prescriptions showing that i was in range before the op? Any advice?

    Thanks!
     
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  13. Chelonian

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    Ninja is the man to give you definitive advice but the practice which did your eye surgery will have your pre-op optical prescription.

    You might need to make a formal request to get it and you might be asked to pay a fee. But frankly a fee for something so recent and so specific should be negotiable.
     
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  14. CHx

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    Cheers man I'll go in and ask again
     

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