theGimpMK2 said:Laser therapy is dodgy ground,
There is plenty of info on a thread on arrse.
I joined up blind as a bat!! wore my contact lenses through the medical blagged it and had no problems through out my career other than one mud run which ended up being a bit painful!!
I cannot say whether the rules have changed in the last 4 years but until then having any sort of laser surgery was a ban to joining the RN or the RM because not enough was known about the long term affect of the treatment. I would ask at your local AFCO and get the answer from the Final Examining Medical Officer.
Oh well, maybe it has changed as I was told a couple of days ago at the medical you could be anything from S1 to S3 for Royal Marines. Luckily I am S2 so should be fine.chris78290 said:I'm sure you have to be S1 or S2 for Royal, I was S3 and was told I didn't qualify. I had laser eye surgery in May of last year and i'm waiting until May this year to get a navy eye check down in Gosport before I can even begin the application process properly.
As far as laser surgery goes, this is how it works:
- The types of surgery which are acceptable are PRK LASEC and LASIK
- AK, RK and any others are NOT ACCEPTED!
- There is currently a dispute about whether to remove LASIK from the accepted list, so i'd stear clear of it.
- HOWEVER, in order to qualify for surgery your eyes must have been stable for 2 years also, the Navy have pre-surgery limits which you must be within before the surgery, they will ask for proof, you cannot blag it.
- After surgery, you must wait 12 months before starting the application process, going for a check up with a Navy Optician at the end of this period to get the all clear.
- NOTE you cannot go pilot, observer or Special Forces at any point in your career if you enter service having had laser surgery.
If anyone has any more questions feel free to ask or pm me
What's your prescription?blind_marine said:I went for an eye test at the normal optician the other day and told her the eyesight requirements to go Royal Marines.
I'm 2-3 lines off even with glasses/contact lenses so as far as the Marine rules go i'm not allowed in.
What would anybody here suggest I do? This has been my plan for the past 2 years, I have dreamed of being in the Military and have been working on getting ready for my PRMC for months now and it has all been shattered.
Is there nothing I can do in the Marines? Not even a chef? That's what I do now career wise. I can't believe this is happening, I have always had weak eyes but I am no way blind and can see plenty far enough to shoot.
Help!!! Pllease! Suggestions?
I had the job of referring medical questions to a Capt (Doc) now a Rear Adimiral (Doc)(no names, no pack drill but a jock with an Italian name) from AFCO's for a couple of years - its the FEMO's job (who regularly gets updates from the DOH) to make the initial decision....... Matelot or Bootie in the AFCO has NO say in the matter!chris78290 said:your AFCO will know nothing that is not in the brochures!! There are some useful ones, but most of them are useless, especially for things concerning Royal as its normally a matelot in the office. Either get in touch with the relevant department in Victory Building as said above, or if you intend to go the officer route, contact:
Central Air and Admiralty Medical Board (CAAMB)
You can reach them through the MOD switchboard, you'll be put through to a leading writer who knows nothing, so ask for the Surgeon Lt. they'll be able to inform you of the up to date policy!
Understand that mate, was just relaying my experience that normally when it comes to standards which are constantly changing, ie. Eyesight/laser surgery etc. they aren't much use at all, and with royal marine questions, the matelots in the office dont have a lot of info in my opinion.Ratrat said:Matelot or Bootie in the AFCO has NO say in the matter!