Question about eyeight requirements [?]

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  1. I've recently visited my optician and was told that my eyesight was not good enough for the navy, but there was some confusion. The navy seems to mark up eyesight in a different way. The optician was not sure whether they mark my vision aided or un-aided. She also wasn't sure if the requirements had changed at all because she had an out-dated book.

    The visit was done for new glasses and not because AFCO sent me.

    Is it possible I will fail my eyesight test? I mean, my vision is perfect with glasses on, but without them I find it difficult.

    EDIT: The jobs I'm applying for are as follows: Supply chain logistician, Seaman specialist. ( I realise certain ranks need better eyesight)
  2. Here are some eyesight standards i found:

    Do you know exactly what your prescription is? I have pretty crappy eyesight without my glasses and i reached Standard 2.

    One thing they are quite thorough on is Colour defectiveness. Though again this depends completely on what you're going in to do.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Whilst I'm sure it's posted with good intentions the the aop link is now disabled as it's out of date & inaccurate unfortunately. Then again, so is the electronic version of BR1750A, which IS supposed to be the definitive source.

    VA2 Standards for entry have changed & in addition, the aop site states the old eyesight standards for different trades, which may give rise to inaccurate expectations.

    The latest standards for entry, as at 18 July 2008 are as follows:
    Current Visual Acuity Standards

    Standard I (VA1)
    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/12N5, Left 6/12N5

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses Right 6/6N5, Left 6/6N5

    Refraction limit:
    Total hypermetropia +3.00 sphere
    Astigmatism +1.25 cyl
    Myopia (in any meridian) -0.75 sphere or cyl +3.00 sphere

    Standard 2 (VA2)

    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/60, Left 6/60 or worse.

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses Right 6/6N5, Left 6/9N5

    Refraction limit
    Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
    +/-6.00 sphere or cyl both.

    Standard 3 (VA3)

    Visual acuity to be achieved without correcting lenses Right 6/60, Left <6/60

    Visual acuity to be achieved with correcting lenses EITHER Right 6/6N5, Left 6/24N10 OR Right 6/9N5, Left 6/18N10 OR Right 6/12N5, 6/12N10.

    Refraction limit
    Spectacle correction (in any meridian)
    +/- 6.00 sphere or cyl

    Below VA3, unacceptable for RM or RN service.

    Optician Report (CHG31 dated 04/01/2008)

    Following an in-Service issue where a person was unable to pass the Annual Personal Weapons Test (AWPT) due to the inability to close their left eye independently, all entrants to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, including their Reserve counterparts, must now have this physical ability checked during the entrance medical.

    Annual Personal Weapon Test

    It is a mandate that all personnel deploying to an operational theatre must have passed the Annual Personal Weapon Test (APWT). To fire an SA80 rifle effectively the user must be able to independently close the LEFT eye. As part of the Entry Medical FEMO’s are to test for the ability to close the LEFT eye independently. Those unable to do so are unfit for entry.
  4. Hope it all works out for you Kinko.

    My eyesight is not the best, -4.25 and-4.50 but passed the test no probs. They were more interested in aided eyesight rather then unaided.

    I fell foul of the colourblind test at the medical. When asked what number I could see on the page, my answer was 'there's a number on the page???'

    Had to do another test which involved matching colours on which I had no problems.

    Due to being colourblind, I had to change my choice of job but the guys at the careers office really helped.

    Kind regards
  5. Ah sorry ninja didn't mean to mislead.

    mod edit: Absolutely no need to apologise, your best intentions were 100% genuine, it's simply that the aop link has since been superceded.

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