Contact lenses and medical?

I appear to have mislaid my letter stating the info about my upcoming medical!

Do i have to take my contact lenses out and wear my specs for my medical?
(i cant really remember however im sure i read somewhere about taking my lenses out!)

Thanks :)
This was all the info in my letter - nothing about contact lenses. I think it is for the eye test that you should remove contact lenses, but not the actual medical - hope this helps

It is important that before attending this appointment you should discuss your past medical history with your parents/guardian to ensure you can answer any questions that the Doctor may ask. If you suffer from a medical condition that may affect your entry as listed on page 4 and 5 of the Application Form Information and Guidance Form, it is advisable to obtain written details of the condition from your Doctor and take them to your medical.

You will also be required to produce a urine sample therefore; do not empty your bladder prior to this examination. Furthermore, in order to avoid any false results, we recommend that you discontinue any protein supplements for at least one week and avoid vigorous exercise for at least 48 hours prior to examination. You should avoid loud noises (ipods, night clubs, machinery etc) for a minimum of 48 hours prior to your appointment.

If you suffer from ear wax problems, please ensure your ears are clear by visiting your Doctor or Practice Nurse prior to your appointment.

In order to verify your identity, you must bring an official document that includes a photograph. (Passport, Driving licence, Student ID etc)

You should be aware that you will be required to undress down to your underwear during this medical examination, therefore; accordingly, underwear of a modest nature should be worn.

If you would like to bring a chaperone to this medical examination you may bring a friend or a family member to accompany you.


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Eye examination letter:

Before you attend your medical it is a mandatory requirement, whether you wear spectacles or not, for all applicants to visit an optician for a rigorous eyesight examination. Please book an eyesight test at your nearest Boots Opticians or Dollond & Aitchison and hand them the enclosed eyesight test form. You will then need to return the completed form along with your Health Questionnaire to the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) in the stamped addressed envelope provided. If you live in an area where there is no Boots Opticians or Dollond & Aitchison you may book an appointment at your local Optician. You will have to pay for this but may claim the cost back by using the attached form and returning it to the AFCO.

The optician will grade your eyesight and the grade will then be matched to your branch of preference. Should your eyesight grade not match your initial branch of preference then you will be counselled regarding what other opportunities may be open to you.

If you wear spectacles you should take them with you to this appointment. If you wear either hard or soft contact lenses please remove them 48 hours prior to your appointment and take them together with your spectacles. If you wear contact lenses but do not own spectacles you should be aware that on entry into the Naval Service a pair will be required (Service Issue or your own).

If you require any further advice regarding your eyesight examination please contact this office.

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