laser surgery

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  1. Can anyone tell me if laser eye surgery is allowed for entry? My sight is only VA3 and I have been told I need to be at least VA2 or VA1 for what trade I want to do??
  2. You keep asking the same question, an honest answer from HTP, don`t know.

  3. I know but this whole eye thing is stupid!!!! I can see perfect with contacts or glasses, Nelson only had one eye, bet he didnt have to go through any of this???
  4. If you have laser eye surgery..

    1. It's not guarenteed to work and after over £700 for someone to shoot a laser into your eyes is it really worth it?

    2. If you do have laser eye surgery you have to consult your AFCO and you have to wait 12 months before your application can be processed, a sort of confirmation that you're not going to have problems.

    3. I see perfectly with contact lenses and without I am VA3 and just passed for the RM.

    4. Phone your AFCO, search this website before you post, use google.

    Good Luck.
  5. I read somewhere that it is not allowed

  6. If you’re not in, then you can do what you want. If you’re serving, then I’m pretty sure it’s not allowed.
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Here y'are Monty, standard reply:

    Thank you for 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) 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 6.00diopter (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 has been no significant visual side effects secondary to the surgery affecting daily activities 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 diopter difference in the spherical equivalent in each 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), 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.

    Good luck
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Ah yes, but the good Admiral joined with all the correct bits'n'bobs.

    It's just that every so often parts of him got shot away. It's my long-held belief that he was secretly trying to actually leave the RN by posting himself home, bit by bit. :thumright:
  9. I've had mine done - best thing I ever did. Passed latest eye test with flying colours and no-one any the wiser....
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Ooh, gutsy call! (Fraudulent application & all that!)

    All candidates now have to go to a nominated optician for eye test. If you've had Laser eye surgery, they know. Gone are the days when you just read letters off a card at the AFCO- the same rules apply to Reservists too.

    Rather you than me advising someone to do something that may entail them spending a lot of money on something that may actually stop getting full time employment.
  11. No advice offered! Simply outlined my current situation.
  12. Thats good to know.

    When I applied for RMP (I was offered the job but wanted to do RM instead) I found out apparently my left eye is great but my right eye needs to be corrected with glasses,but I could still join.

    I was worried I might need 20/20 vision for the RM.
  13. The prognosis for laser surgery is not yet known. There are concerns by many opthalamologists that it may lead to long term sight deteriation or loss of sight. The advice I received when I sought advice about this was that when I'm over 50 it might be worth the risk.

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