Eyesight Again


I am thinking about joining up with the Navy and have been for a long time now. I am 31 years old now and yes, have a good stable job but don't want to be stuck in this forever and a career in the Armed Forces has always appealed to me (relatives are ex-military).

Anyway, I know how many times eyesight has been covered already but am a little unsure on where I will stand.

I have looked at a few threads on here and have seen a great post from Ninja_Stoker regarding eyesight and general notes on medical requirements.

In this article, it states the following paragraph:-

"Visual standards: The minimum standards for both uncorrected and corrected visual acuity on recruitment are determined by single-Service authorities and are dependent upon the proposed employment and trade group. Spectacle or contact lens correction must not be greater than -7 dioptres or +8 dioptres in any meridian. Impaired colour perception (colour blindness) is not a bar to service but may limit career choices."

Underneath it states:-
"Standard 3 (VA3)

Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/60, Left <6/60

Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses EITHER Right 6/6N5, Left 6/24N10 OR Right 6/9N5, Left 6/18N10 OR Right 6/12N5, 6/12N10.

Refraction limit
Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
+/- 6.00 sphere or cyl"

Now, I am little confused regarding this. My prescription states I am +8 in right eye and +7 in left eye, this relates to the sphere.

If I reading the requirments correctly, I am on the limit to the requirments ("Spectacle or contact lens correction must not be greater than -7 dioptres or +8 dioptres in any meridian.")

However, if I am reading the VA3 correctly, I am not up to standard ("Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
+/- 6.00 sphere or cyl")

Could someone please point me in the right direction with this if possible and I apologise in advance for the long posts, I don't want to apply for something and have my heart set on this career and then too be told NO, I would rather know from the start if thats possible.

Thanks and I look forward to any help that you can provide.



War Hero
The Naval Service accepts no less than +/- 6.00 in any meridian unfortunately.

In the days when the application & guidance form was tri-service (not just RN) the wider parameters were published. You'd need to chat with the other services to be sure what standards they now apply.

Good luck.

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