Questions about joining and eye surgery

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  1. Hi, about 5/6 years ago I nearly joined the Navy, I completed the test, medical and interview and I signed on for my chosen branch. However a day later the AFCO phoned me and said my eyesight wasn't good enough for the job i chose. They suggested some alternatives but I wasn't that keen so left it. I've always had an itch to do something in the forces and now my situation has changed - having worked in IT for three years I now find myself redundant and feeling disenchanted with normal IT/office jobs in general. I've also had laser eye surgery last year so my eyesight is now not an issue.

    Anyway i'll get to the point, If i go back to the AFCO will I be able to "pretend" like i've never been before or will they still have a record of me? I'd prefer to not have to explain why I didn't follow through with it last time incase they hold it against me... Also, with me having laser eye surgery how will this affect my application? i've had LASEK which i understand is the best kind for people wishing to join the forces.?
  2. It is never ever a good idea to try and mislead an employer. Let alone one of the services. Previous application should be no bar to entry.
    I can't speak to the laser eye surgery though.
  3. Hi, regarding AFCO they may well have a record of you. And if they don't then DO tell them about your laser eye surgery. Although... i've been under the impression that laser eye surgery only works for about 10 years? So after it wares off I presume you'd be medically discharged? Anyway a member called Ninja_Stoker will no doubt give you the correct awnsers to your worries! And no doubt a member called hithepig will make a wise joke to add to the size of his e-penis. Anyway goodluck in your application!
  4. Hi,

    Firstly the Navies candidate tracking system TAFMIS will flag up that you have had a previous application before, therefore, it will definately be better to be honest. Otherwise they will want to know why you are not telling the truth and it will then put into doubt your reasons for joining.

    On the subject of Laser eye surgery, here is the contents of the letter we issue from the careers office:-

    . 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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