Eyesight rules and joining the RM

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  1. I found an old article on google from someone asking about this, but I was wondering if I could get any new information with a new post.

    I currently wear contact lenses. My eyesight isn't that bad, but it is at a level where I need to wear my lenses most of the time.

    Before I go to the recruitment office and get the proper forms for my optician, could anyone give me any guidance on any indicators that could give me an idea about whether or not my eyesight is up to RM standards?

    I know this sounds like a daft question, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
  2. PM ninja stoker mate
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You need to meet Visual Acuity Standard 3 or better for Royal Marines general duties. (As outlined in previous posts on here in the Newbies section).

    The eyesight standards are written on the Optician Report Form given to you by your local AFCO when you go for your free eye test. If you ask nicely they can give you a "drop-copy" of the standards which you can then compare with your current prescription.

    Best of luck to you!
  6. If its any help my youngest wears glasses and he passed out in March and is currently in Afghan, so don't let it put you off, go for it
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Absolutely agree, there's only one way to find out & you have nothing to lose. You are under no obligation to join whatever the result, but you'll regret it if you don't go further than asking.

    If you do not try, you will always think "I wonder if..."
  8. I also wear corrective lenses. I am currently working my arse off to pay for laser eye surgery. I have been told the procedure that is accepted by the RM and I was wondering If anyone had any knowledge on this or If anyone has had it done and then applied. Cheers
  9. Write to the Central Air And Admiralty Medical Board, Raven Building, HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire. They'll send you all the guidelines for pre and post surgery limits. Now if I could make this next bit flash in big red letters I would but...


    Hey, that's not too bad!
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Concur entirely with DWJPA's big shouty letters.

    Standard reply:

    Further to your enquiry regarding eyesight corrective laser surgery (corneal refractive surgery) and the relevant Royal Navy Policy. The Naval Service does not endorse the use of laser surgery as a method to gain entry and there is no guarantee that such treatment will improve vision to an acceptable standard.

    The Naval Service requires individuals to serve anywhere in the world, in extremes of climate and operational situations, which are remote from primary and secondary care. Therefore, even minor conditions such as the use of correcting lenses can take on much greater significance when even basic support is limited. As a consequence, medical screening is stringent and to a higher standard than might be expected for normal civilian employment.

    In general, any defect or weakness of sight will be a bar to entry if these defects render an individual incapable of, or likely to be incapable of performing general duties in the Naval Service. The tri-Service standard for uncorrected visual acuity is right eye 6/60 and left eye> 6/60.

    With regard to surgical correction of myopia or hypermetropia, it is acknowledged that the following methods are now considered suitable for entry on an individual case by case basis for non-specialist employment groups and subject to single Service requirements:

    (a) Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

    (b) Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK)

    (c) Laser in-situ Keratomileusis

    (d) Intrastromal Corneal Rings (ICRs), otherwise known as Intrastromal
    Segments (ICS).

    Entry will not be considered for Radical Keratotomy (RK), or Astigmatic Keratotomy (AK), or any other form of incisional refractive surgery, other than those procedures listed above. All invasive intraocular surgical procedures will remain a bar to entry.

    In order to be considered a candidate must fulfil the following criteria and provide documentary evidence to support that:

    (a) The pre-operative refractive error was not more than +6.00 or 6.00 dioptre (estimated spherical equivalent) in either eye and;

    (b) The best spectacle corrected visual acuity is 6/9 or better in each eye and;

    (c) At least 12 months have elapsed since the date of the last surgery or enhancement procedure and;

    (d) There have been no significant visual side effects secondary to the surgery affecting daily activities or night vision and;

    (e) Refraction is stable; as defined by two refractions performed on each eye at least 6 months apart, with no more than 0.50 dioptre difference in the spherical equivalent in either eye.

    (f) Specialist visual function testing has been carried out with satisfactory results at least 12 months following surgery, including assessment of refraction, symmetry of visual acuity, high and low contrast sensitivity (with and without glare sources) or contrast acuity analysis, astigmatism, glare, corneal clarity, masked mild hypermetropia and night vision.

    An applicant who has undergone eyesight corrective laser surgery must supply evidence of the above and may be subject to evaluation by a Service Ophthalmic Consultant. Each case is considered on an individual basis and if all the criteria are met it may be possible to consider an application to enter the Naval Service.

    Decisions regarding any kind of ophthalmic surgery should be discussed with an Ophthalmic Consultant. This letter should be taken to ophthalmic consultations where eyesight corrective laser surgery is to be discussed with a view to achieving the necessary eyesight standards for entry.
    It is hoped this information is helpful and wish you all the best for the future.

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