Eyesight requirements for the RN....

Just a few questions regarding eye sight standards required within the Royal Navy.

Could anybody provide a link to a page or document which details the criteria for VA1, VA2 and VA3 eye standards? I think my eyes are roughly -3.00 in both eyes.

I'm currently in the pipeline for CT. Being part of the warfare branch, is the eye sight requirement VA2 for this specific role? I was told by my CA that I meet the requirements but was wondering what would happen if after joining, my eyesight deteriorated slightly and I no longer met the required standard?

Lastly, a question regarding laser eye surgery which may sound boneheaded so apologies. I understand the RN do allow certain forms of corrective eye surgery such as LASEK and you need a thorough check-up post op and be 12 months clear but what is the RN stance on laser eye surgery for people who are currently serving? I'm guessing that's a no-go but just curious all the same as I've been unable to find an answer regarding this.


War Hero
Dodgy eyes didn't hinder Nelson, anyways a bit of the old blurred eyes helps when knobbing wrens, contrary to popular belief they're not all essence.

Use your eyes. Try doing a search for eye sight requirements, I'm sure angry doc has given more advice than he'd care to remember about it.

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