Eyesight - the facts

Discussion in 'Stickies/Frequently Asked Questions' started by Ninja_Stoker, Sep 23, 2010.

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  1. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Careers Adviser

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    You aren't downgraded for laser eye surgery whilst serving. Most people get it done on leave.

    The only reason you are downgraded prior to joining is to establish the op is a success & has stabilised. If it isn't a success and you no longer meet the minimal eye standards whilst serving, you will be medically discharged.
     
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    Is it common for the surgery to go wrong and be discharged?
     
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    Not that I'm aware of.

    If contemplating letting someone shoot laser beams at your eyeballs, it would be prudent to investigate the success rate of that particular procedure.
     
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    One more question I'd okay when you're of leave and get laser eye surgery when you go back what happens? Also do you let them know you're having it done?
     
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    Went to my opticians today and I asked what my VA visual acuity was he check my eyes ect and said 6/7..what dose that mean?
     
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    Ask the optician to grade your eyesight using the eyesight parameters at the beginning of this thread.
     
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    I just wondering I'm va2 and I've got a prescription for glasses is it a requirement to wear glasses as I haven't ever wore glasses and feel I don't need them ?
     
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    As long as you can read maps, hit targets outdoors and undertake the classroom studies then it's up to you. You must take glasses if you have a prescription because if you find out you actually do need them for certain evolutions, at least they are instantly available.
     
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    Nice one thank you
     
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    I've got a question regarding laser eye surgery. I'm due to begin training on the 1st of February, having completed the application process am I allowed to undergo laser eye surgery before I commenced training?
     
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    In short, only if you wish to defer entry for 12 months.

    If your medical circumstances change between passing the medical examination & entry, you must inform your AFCO or run the risk of being medically discharged.

    Better to wait until you complete recruit training.
     
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    A quick question, I have a weaker left eye and used to wear glasses however for the past 10 years the opticians have said that my right eye more than compensates for my left and I don't need to wear glasses...

    Do you think it would be best to get an updated opticians report and take glasses with me to the medical just in case ?
     
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    You will undergo a service eye test prior to your medical. Wait until the optician advises.
     
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    Didn't see it mentioned in the first part of this post but what are the rules regarding contact lenses? I've passed my medical and the eye test included within that, (can't remember off the top of my head what category I fell into) but basically what I'm asking is can you wear contact lenses during training? Or am I going to be issued with a massive pair of Pussers spectacles?
     
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    Both.

    You cannot wear contacts when wearing the General Service Respirator (GSR), so you get a Gucci set of prescription lenses:

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    In addition, you are advised to take some glasses for use in the field, if necessary, when contacts are impractical due to the environment or climate.
     
  17. the happy sloth

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    Funky glasses, excited to try them on.
     
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    Yep, they clip into the GSR, but what you could do is attach a couple of rubber suckers on the "t-bar" to hold them onto your forehead for that uber-cool look.
     
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    Whats the case for when you're on night ops using night vision?
     
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    To be honest, I think that's best answered by a serving Royal as I don't know whether night vision optics have a magnification capability.

    It would be interesting trying to conduct night ops in a CBRN environment, I guess.
     
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