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Depth perception mega thread

RandyNewman

New Member
Hey all,
I'm about two years away from commissioning via NROTC and am a pilot/NFO hopeful. Unfortunately, when I was getting tested by a military doctor prior to entering in the service, I reported two eye surgeries I had about 15 years ago to correct my heterotrophia that were successful and it is now well under the NAMI 1st class limits of +/- 6 diopters(correct me if I'm wrong here). In addition to this, my optometrist told me that my depth perception is more or less garbage and I was unable to pass the Titmus fly test for stereopsis. At this point I was pretty sure my hopes of serving as a Naval officer in an aviation related capacity were over. However, I heard from more than one source in naval aviation that the surgery can be waivered and that depth perception is only an issue for pilots. I know this is a lot of information but any feedback concerning their own experiences with similar issues that would be greatly appreciated.
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Hey all,
I'm about two years away from commissioning via NROTC and am a pilot/NFO hopeful. Unfortunately, when I was getting tested by a military doctor prior to entering in the service, I reported two eye surgeries I had about 15 years ago to correct my heterotrophia that were successful and it is now well under the NAMI 1st class limits of +/- 6 diopters(correct me if I'm wrong here). In addition to this, my optometrist told me that my depth perception is more or less garbage and I was unable to pass the Titmus fly test for stereopsis. At this point I was pretty sure my hopes of serving as a Naval officer in an aviation related capacity were over. However, I heard from more than one source in naval aviation that the surgery can be waivered and that depth perception is only an issue for pilots. I know this is a lot of information but any feedback concerning their own experiences with similar issues that would be greatly appreciated.
There are medical and vision items that even if fine now if you have a "history of" can DQ you from programs, so if your pre vision level was over the diopter limit even though it is under now you would still not be qualified from aviation.
 
I completely failed my depth perception test. I’m no doctor but I can tell my hand before my feet any day of the week. The test seems flawed to me and a new addition to the meps process that needs some tweaking
 

Luckyflyer

New Member
  1. I failed my depth perception and I'm submitting my package for SNA/NFO.
  2. Can I retake my depth perception test?
  3. The lady administering the exam only asked me 2 lines of the 18 that were shown. Is there a reason for that?
  4. Am I screwed?
 

Chris94

SNA selected
  1. I failed my depth perception and I'm submitting my package for SNA/NFO.
  2. Can I retake my depth perception test?
  3. The lady administering the exam only asked me 2 lines of the 18 that were shown. Is there a reason for that?
  4. Am I screwed?
If you weren't wearing glasses and didn't test 20/20 on your other vision tests you may be able to go back with a prescription for them to retest you. That's what I did.
 

Chris94

SNA selected
I tested 20/15 on both eyes.
She didn't explain at all what I was supposed to do. So I kinda rushed it.
I did the same thing the first time. The second time was much easier. I'd talk to your recruiter and see if they can reschedule a retake. You can still apply for SNFO with failed DP.
 
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