Keratoconus in/of one eye

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  1. Hi, it's been a while since I've posted (years, I think). Sadly I need a bit of advice if possible. I've done a search and spent the last couple of hours looking through old threads, but can't seem to find a definitive answer (sadly, I think I've surmised what it might be).

    I left the RN about four years ago to read for a degree. I am now at the stage when I'm looking to re-apply and rejoin (all things being well - sadly a possible issue).

    A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with an astigmatism in my left eye. Yesterday I had a consultation with Ultralase to discuss the possibility of laser-eye surgery. Unfortunately, the original diagnosis was incorrect, and the tests and scans showed that I actually have keratoconus of the
    left eye. This is particularly annoying as until this developed a couple of years ago I had 20/10 vision in both eyes (I still do in my right eye, apparently) - that said, I have no idea if that actually means anything.

    So, I suppose my query (/request for clarification) is... does keratoconus of one eye serve as a bar to entry, full-stop. Or, is it possible to pass the appropriate sight requirements with correction or surgery. Or, does it only serve as a bar to certain branches. I sadly know that it would bar me from returning to navigating, which is a real low-blow for me (as I'm sure I'm just about the only person to join with the stated career goal of becoming a PWO(N)). However, would it be a bar to warfare on boats?

    Any thoughts that could be given would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  2. Sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with keratoconus.I left the mob twenty years ago after a RTA.I too have KC in both eyes and have had a cornea graft in my left eye.I belong to a KC self help group and at one of our meetings we had a member turn up who had been turned down for having KC.I cannot remember if it was only because of his chosen trade or a blanket ban.The group is very friendly and helpful and it may be worth your while joining and posting your question on there.
    Anyway good luck with your future.
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  3. Angrydoc or the recruiters will know better but I'm pretty sure you have to have 20/20 vision for boats as you'll be a periscope watchkeeper.
  4. I'm afraid it's on the no list of eye conditions for all branches.
  5. Thank you for clarifying. It's frustrating, having better than 20/20 vision in one eye, and being let down by an eye which, until just a short while ago, was equally as good. With hindsight, I shouldn't have left...

    Thanks for the link Pat, I will have a look at the group's website.
  6. Sorry to hear about this, SJG.

    Might your degree subject open other doors for you?
  7. Thank you soleil. I certainly hope so. I'm reading International Relations (specialism... maritime power) as I thought it would always be a handy back-up in order to stay involved in defence/foreign relations somehow. (Was always tentative about the medical when re-applying -- part of the reason I left previously was to avoid a year of boredom, out of the training cycle, whilst recovering from an injury). Sadly, I fear that a career in the Foreign Office may be over before it's even begun, having nearly caused a diplomatic incident with the Bosnians whilst on work experience at one of our Embassies...

    Anyway, I'm booking in for another eye exam soon for a second opinion (so to speak). I may be clutching at straws, but I can hope...
  8. I am immediately curious.
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  9. I agree with Cúnt, that dit needs to be spun.
  10. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Ich auch. Sagen sie.
  11. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    I fear the characters on your keyboard are too small. Either that, or your eyes need testing.
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  12. Okay... I shall leave out the details of exactly which Embassy to save the dignity of at least one other.

    We were hosting a reception to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I was talking to our Deputy Head of Mission and the Australian Ambassador about life in diplomacy (pros and cons etc - trying to find out about back-up career choices). Just before the speeches, the Bosnian Defence Attaché came over to join us. The subject turned to great places to visit around the world. During this particular conversation the Bosnian Defence Attaché decided to sell the qualities of Sarajevo as a holiday destination. To this day I am not sure why, but I responded to this recommendation with the following statement: "It sounds lovely, I presume you must have rebuilt it then..." I was saved from too much fallout due to the Australian Ambassador choking on a canapé as he laughed at my entirely non-diplomatic reply. As the Bosnian's attention was drawn to the fact that an Ambassador was laughing at my statement, I slipped away to find someone else to insult. I had to settle for our Air Attaché.

    It was a brilliant bit of work experience all round actually. Long hours doing some actual work, including writing a few briefs. Other highlights were being told that the rumour was that I was a spy (flying two-week visit, at the behest of the Defence Attaché), and also shooting the American Deputy Head of Mission (in an Anglo-American paint-ball game, I should clarify...)
  13. Been better if you'd pissed in the punch as well.

    From a distance.

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