Navy/marine eye exam

Discussion in 'Questions about becoming a Navy Officer' started by scooter86, Jun 29, 2004.

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  1. scooter86

    scooter86 Registered User

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    I have kind of an odd question here... My vision is about exactly 20/40 and I understand that thats the worst it can be without haveing to go through PRK. I would much perfer to avoid the surgery and stick with glasses, and I guess I just need some advice. I am very worried that I will get into the physical room and have the eye test and find out that my eyes are just barely too poor to pass, but the catch is my vision goes up to almost 20/20 if I kind of squint. If I squint throughout the eye exam, would they mind? Also, if I do fail the exam, what happens? Will I just go have surgery and attend flight school while I wait for it to heal? How hard is it to compete and have the PRK waiver accepted? I know this is an odd question, but thanks.
     
  2. nittany03

    nittany03 FUBIJAR None None

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    They won't let you squint. If you fail the exam, you can still go NFO. And you will not be flying while you're healing anyway; in order to be even qualified for SNA, let alone train, you must heal up fine for 6 months after the surgery. As for competition for PRK waivers, when I did it it was a matter of filling out the paperwork and a few extra eye exams, I suppose to check for excessive halos/glare. Your mileage may vary.
     
  3. bch

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    20/40 is a very simplified number. It also has to do with your cylingder and some other eye terms. Pretty sure that if you do a search on this sight, you will be able to find a link to the instruction with the exact requirements. Get a hold of that, go to a regular optomitrist and see if you are within specs.

    now as far as squinting goes... the way they tested me was to put me in the normal chair with the real large goggle things that have a bunch of the different perscriptions in it. I don't know if they have any tricks or anything to see, but I have no idea how they could tell if I was squiting at all. In order for you to have to read the chart, you have to have an unobstructed view of the chart. So no one is standing in front of u staring into your eyes.

    They were real laid back with me and took almost an hour to find the right perscription (20/25 with some other numbers). I left feeling that they were helping me to get qualified, rather than finding ways to disqualify me.

    I know it is easier said than done, but try not to sweat it, NOMI was no where near as "scarry" as all the stories made it out to be.
     
  4. scooter86

    scooter86 Registered User

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    Does anybody know about what percent of people are rejected from being a pilot because of their eyes? I am not talking about vision, I mean all the nitty gritty details, like the corneal width or whatever. I just dont want to get my hopes up and go to the eye doctor and find out that my corpinplus porealius is 9 microtrons too thin. Does anybody have a link to a site will all the exact specifications relating to eyes that I can take to my eye doctor? Thanks a lot.
     
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