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Old 05-03-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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Is there a waiver for this and who do I get it from?

I wear glasses, BTW.

I called my recruiter to ask about a waiver and he said I was fine because I had glasses and not to mention it(+ if they found it they(MEPS) would provide a waiver).

Thoughts?

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Old 05-03-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Waiver for astigmatism?

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Is there a waiver for this and who do I get it from?

I wear glasses, BTW.

Thoughts?
Astigmatism is a type of refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors cause blurred vision and are the most common reason why a person goes to see an eye professional and get glasses.

I saw a lot of soldiers with eye glass's made to fit their M17 protective mask...

Your eye sight will be tested before you sign up.


Rich
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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Default astigmatism

I got a waiver for my astigmatism and it was .25 refraction, well out of range. You'll go to MEPS, get tested, fail, have to go to a specialist then sit and wait for a waiver. Mine took roughly 2 weeks and I was shipped back to MEPS to pick a rate. Glasses do not mean a thing, but be ready for BCGs at Boot
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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??? My youngest daughter recently went through the MEPS process and did not need a waiver for astigmatism...
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Granted, it has been awhile, but I wore glasses for astigmatism when I went in the army and it was not questioned. I would think you would be ok as long as long as it is corrected with glasses, depending on your mos. You will have an eye exam and they will find it. Heads up, several of us iin my basic training unit couldn't see well with the rpgs -glasses- the army provided, so we were allowed to wear our civilian glasses.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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I wore glasses when I joined up. No issues. I'd have trouble finding my way out my own front door without my glasses/contacts.

My biggest issue was that they rushed us thru our inital eye exams at bootcamp and my bootcamp issues glasses weren't all that close to my true prescription. So some headaches during bootcamp and ALOT of sqinting on the rifle range.

I'm not sure which branch of the service you are looking at or which job, or if you are even interested but some will provide lasik once you are in... In restrospect, I wish I had gotten lasik while on active duty.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I wore glasses when I joined up. No issues. I'd have trouble finding my way out my own front door without my glasses/contacts.

My biggest issue was that they rushed us thru our inital eye exams at bootcamp and my bootcamp issues glasses weren't all that close to my true prescription. So some headaches during bootcamp and ALOT of sqinting on the rifle range.

I'm not sure which branch of the service you are looking at or which job, or if you are even interested but some will provide lasik once you are in... In restrospect, I wish I had gotten lasik while on active duty.
The Army is pretty much encouraging folks to get the free PRK while they are in. My husband did it a few years ago - he went from -8.5 to 20/20 vision and couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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The Army is pretty much encouraging folks to get the free PRK while they are in. My husband did it a few years ago - he went from -8.5 to 20/20 vision and couldn't be happier.
My son did the same He recommends it to everybody.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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I don't even know if lasik would help me.

To tel you the truth I don't know if I have what is called astigmatism or not. I am just concerned.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Just go to MEPS and get your eye exam. Stop worrying.
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