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Depth perception mega thread

nugget61

Active Member
pilot
Here's another one - took the Randot at my PRK doc's during my 6 month post op, got a note stating that I had 25 seconds of arc and went out the door. Now my OR is saying that it's unacceptable (conflict of interest) and that I have to pass the "navy" depth test, waiver guide be damned. Can one not go to any private doc, pay for the test, get their note and leave? How can I do this so it's not a conflict of interest?
Talked to the OR again today - he wants me to go back to MEPS, despite already failing their test once. I see this as another unnecessary delay - what should I do?
 
I have a curious question about this...

How much do glasses affect your depth perception? For example, when doing magic eyes, without glasses my vision sees everything perfectly. However, with glasses on, I can't make it out at all - is this an inherent issue with using glasses (or contact lenses for that matter) or is this an issue perhaps with my prescription (one side is slightly off compared to my other eye).

Thanks
 

Krafty1

Head in the clouds
You are presented with a row of 5 circles and one of them is supposed to appear to be sticking out at you. Its not like a 'Magic Eye" image (for me at least) as I have NEVER been able to see a single hidden image like that but I could see the proper circle in the MEPS test. It certainly was not easy for me though.
 
Went to MEPS last week, they smiled when i tried to read to lines of the vision test without my glasses, but i can see color and depth. I felt that looking at each line as a whole made the raised circle easier to distinguish.

Good luck
 

nugget61

Active Member
pilot
When an applicant gets a civilian doc to test their depth (and they pass using Randot) after failing the MEPS test, what should happen with the letter stating good vision?

I ask because my OR says he sent it to the local MEPS "to get a depth waiver". I think he's misusing the waiver term and really meant that the outside test had to be approved by a navy doc. This was three weeks ago. Got in contact with MEPS, they said they sent my info to NRC in TN. Called them, they said they didn't have it and that it likely went on to NOMI. Called NOMI, they said they don't have it.
What should I do? This is keeping me from seeing a selection board.
 
When you are at OCS or NAMI, do you take the depth test with your glasses on that correct you to 20/20 or without them at your uncorrected vision?
 
Hi,

Old thread but wanted to confirm some of the points mentioned are still accurate
-If you fail one of the accepted depth perception tests at the OCS & NAMI medical, is it at the doctors discretion to administer one of the other 2 accepted tests? Or are they required to?
-As the last post above asked, can you take the depth perception test(s) with glasses on or not?

Thanks
 
Hi,

Old thread but wanted to confirm some of the points mentioned are still accurate
-If you fail one of the accepted depth perception tests at the OCS & NAMI medical, is it at the doctors discretion to administer one of the other 2 accepted tests? Or are they required to?
-As the last post above asked, can you take the depth perception test(s) with glasses on or not?

Thanks
Hi again,

....can anybody confirm/comment on the above?

Thank You
 

Skywalker

Officer Candidate Hopeful
I remember stumbling across this thread in the past, and saying to myself "I hope this never happens to me."

And then, today, it did.

They said I have 20/50 L, 20/20 R, and no depth perception. Just 6 months ago I had an optometrist tell me 20/20 L, 20/15 R, full depth perception. Also, as an airborne photographer, I think I'd be keenly aware of any deficiencies in these categories.

I've already told my recruiter all of this, and emailed my optometrist regarding challenging these findings. Will that be sufficient?
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
I remember stumbling across this thread in the past, and saying to myself "I hope this never happens to me."

And then, today, it did.

They said I have 20/50 L, 20/20 R, and no depth perception. Just 6 months ago I had an optometrist tell me 20/20 L, 20/15 R, full depth perception. Also, as an airborne photographer, I think I'd be keenly aware of any deficiencies in these categories.

I've already told my recruiter all of this, and emailed my optometrist regarding challenging these findings. Will that be sufficient?
No it won't. If you can't pass a depth perception at MEPS or a military clinic/hospital you are a no go for aviation. N3M won't accept civilian doctor reports anymore.
 

Skywalker

Officer Candidate Hopeful
A civilian optometrist and a civilian eye surgeon each said I had 20/30 in the left eye and perfect depth perception, and then an Army optometrist for my MEPS eye consult said the same. N3M still DQ'd me for depth perception. I take it they are wanting a MEPS retake, as you mentioned?
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
A civilian optometrist and a civilian eye surgeon each said I had 20/30 in the left eye and perfect depth perception, and then an Army optometrist for my MEPS eye consult said the same. N3M still DQ'd me for depth perception. I take it they are wanting a MEPS retake, as you mentioned?
This question has been butchered again and again and the answer remains the same.
 
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