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Old 06-20-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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Hello everybody,

New here as someone from work recommended this forum to me for my questions. I have a son in college who planned on enlisting in the Air Force after obtaining his associates. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with Keratoconus a few months ago and from my little knowledge I've assumed this was going to be an issue for his plans.

He has had corneal cross-linking in both of his eyes since his diagnosis which permanently stops the progression of the disease and uses scleral lenses for correction. His recruiter told him they weren't sure if this would change things for him. And if I'm not mistaken, contact lenses aren't allowed in any branch. He sits at 20/150 on the left eye and 20/30 on the right, uncorrected. Fortunately with the lenses he's at 20/20 on the left and 20/15 on the right.

He's worried that he won't be able to enlist in any branch whatsoever. Could he have any chance?

Thanks for your service!

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Old 06-20-2018, 05:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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For the Air Force I've never gotten anyone in with Karatoconus, and I've tried about 10 times. But, I've never had anyone who has had the cross-linking. I'd try.

I'll hope other branches have better luck.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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For the Air Force I've never gotten anyone in with Karatoconus, and I've tried about 10 times. But, I've never had anyone who has had the cross-linking. I'd try.

I'll hope other branches have better luck.
In the case he is eligible from having the procedure, would his left eye vision be an issue? His doctors offered lenses as the only way to improve his vision and mentioned that glasses would not work as his corneas are deformed. Or are scleral lenses allowed?
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I would limit him on jobs, but might not DQ him completely. With the totality of everything, it's going to be tough road but even with a lot of recruiting experience, I couldn't tell you for totally sure!
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