Pre op refractive limits

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  1. Mdale

    Mdale New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Does anyone know pre op refractive limits before getting PRK for SNA contract hopefuls ?
     
  2. BigJeffray

    BigJeffray Sans Peur None

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    I posted this on another prk thread a little while back...

     
  3. Crazy*Carl

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    I think it is -8 diopters. I have -6 and hopefully will be getting it done in the near future.
     
  4. Deez

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    Careful..if you have astigmatism the limits are much stricter. When I received my PRK waiver in 2007 the limits were 3.5 diopters per eye with astigmatism present.
     
  5. shabuki

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    i've had a difficult time trying to find info that doesn't contradict other info i've found...

    deez, was that limit +/- 3.5 or just -3.5? also, does can anyone give an estimate as to roughly how often they revise the limits?
     
  6. shabuki

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    ok for anyone who is still wondering, the pre op refractive limits are definitely -8 to +3. that's confirmed by some one from NOMI

    he said that changes could be made but he doesn't see any occurring in the near future, though i don't know what his definition of near future is
     
  7. RyanF2005

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  8. shabuki

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    I'm pretty sure your oso is wrong on this one... the waiver guide says nothing about what your pre op vision was (20/XX), it only talks about pre op refraction. your prescription is fine so assuming all goes well you should get it waivered.

    as far as your timeline, i'm not 100% sure about what to do before when. i only know that you're right about the 6 month thing and getting a waiver/starting training
     
  9. ami5015

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  10. BigJeffray

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    This may simply be a difference in terminology. Technically PRK is disqualifying, meaning in order to get a flight/pilot slot after having,you need a waiver. It is disqualifying but waiverable, provided you meet the refractive limits that are in the NAMI waiver guide.
     
  11. RyanF2005

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    Thanks for the replies! Reassures me even more, because I was devasted for about a split second. I called another OSO office in TX today, and they told me different that my local OSO office's Gunnery Sgt. originally told me; that it does not matter the pre-op vision. They said go ahead and get the surgery. So in two weeks I plan on getting it still. Now I'm not sure what's next exactly. Let the research begin! Thanks again!!
     
  12. ThunderOne

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    I have a question that goes along with the initial discussion.

    For my pre-op numbers, will they go off of my MEPS evaluation numbers, or off of the numbers the civilan laser surgery center recorded?
     
  13. Beefalo

    Beefalo Registered User

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    Does the pre-op -8.00 apply to SNFO or just SNA? That guide said SNA but nothing about SNFO.
     
  14. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    It applies to all designators.
     
  15. Beefalo

    Beefalo Registered User

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    How much of it is waiverable? Im an active duty PO1 who had PRK at Keesler AFB. Unfortunately my eyes were -8.50. I went into boot camp at -7.75 maybe the eye doc was being friendly and didnt want to process me out :D

    Does this mean Im excluded from any commissioning source now?
     

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