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Visual acuity standards re. laser eye surgery

Shep91

Newbie
Hi,

I have applied to join the RN as a Marine Engineer Officer (I am 29 and have a master's degree in Marine Engineering). I had laser eye surgery to correct my vision about 18 months ago but I have just been informed that I am unable to join because my pre-operative Equivalent Spherical Error exceeded the selection limits (by about 5% in one eye and about 20% in the other). The relevant medical entry standard is JSP 950 4A04a.

Is there any chance of appealing this decision and getting this entry restriction waived? My eyesight is now 20/20 and I have had no issues since my surgery, I will be devastated if I cannot join because of what my eyesight used to be before the (permanent!) surgery.

As a side note, I am also considering the Reserves - would I have a better chance of getting this waived for entry into the Reserves than the RN?

I would be very grateful for your opinions on this matter.

Shep
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
I can't really answer the initial question but for the secondary one - the entry requirements for Regulars and Reserves is the same.
 
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Deleted 97779

Guest
Hi,

I have applied to join the RN as a Marine Engineer Officer (I am 29 and have a master's degree in Marine Engineering). I had laser eye surgery to correct my vision about 18 months ago but I have just been informed that I am unable to join because my pre-operative Equivalent Spherical Error exceeded the selection limits (by about 5% in one eye and about 20% in the other). The relevant medical entry standard is JSP 950 4A04a.

Is there any chance of appealing this decision and getting this entry restriction waived? My eyesight is now 20/20 and I have had no issues since my surgery, I will be devastated if I cannot join because of what my eyesight used to be before the (permanent!) surgery.

As a side note, I am also considering the Reserves - would I have a better chance of getting this waived for entry into the Reserves than the RN?

I would be very grateful for your opinions on this matter.

Shep
Sadly visual acuity worsens with age. You are 29 now so imagine how your sight will have deteriorated if you served for 20 years. That is too much to ask of any employer. The navy could well do with the likes of you but you must understand why they have reluctantly let you go.
 

Shep91

Newbie
Sadly visual acuity worsens with age. You are 29 now so imagine how your sight will have deteriorated if you served for 20 years. That is too much to ask of any employer. The navy could well do with the likes of you but you must understand why they have reluctantly let you go.

This is a misconception, my eyesight is now completely normal and will deteriorate in exactly the same way as any other 29 year old with normal eyesight. Laser eye surgery changed the shape of my cornea permanently, I have no higher chance of my eyesight deteriorating over the next 20 years than anyone else my age.
 
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Deleted 97779

Guest
This is a misconception, my eyesight is now completely normal and will deteriorate in exactly the same way as any other 29 year old with normal eyesight. Laser eye surgery changed the shape of my cornea permanently, I have no higher chance of my eyesight deteriorating over the next 20 years than anyone else my age.
I wish that was so. The shape of your cornea is of no consequence. Unfortunately the selection process selects those with few or no visual acuity aberrations-Thats life.
 

Shep91

Newbie
I wish that was so. The shape of your cornea is of no consequence. Unfortunately the selection process selects those with few or no visual acuity aberrations-Thats life.

The shape of my cornea is of every consequence - I have no visual acuity aberrations. And it's not true that the selection process selects those with few or no visual acuity aberrations, you can join with very poor eyesight, up to -6.00, I was previously -7.00 in one of my eyes but now have above average vision.

You cannot appeal against the medical standards.

I believe this answers my question unless anybody can say otherwise?
 

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
Hi,

I have applied to join the RN as a Marine Engineer Officer (I am 29 and have a master's degree in Marine Engineering). I had laser eye surgery to correct my vision about 18 months ago but I have just been informed that I am unable to join because my pre-operative Equivalent Spherical Error exceeded the selection limits (by about 5% in one eye and about 20% in the other). The relevant medical entry standard is JSP 950 4A04a.

Is there any chance of appealing this decision and getting this entry restriction waived? My eyesight is now 20/20 and I have had no issues since my surgery, I will be devastated if I cannot join because of what my eyesight used to be before the (permanent!) surgery.

As a side note, I am also considering the Reserves - would I have a better chance of getting this waived for entry into the Reserves than the RN?

I would be very grateful for your opinions on this matter.

Shep
Nothing to lose, plenty to gain - gather true professional medical advice, plan your appeal, take a big breath and have a go - this site can only offer opinions based on the rules as they stand we are not the rule makers or breakers and can only offer advice gained from the University of Life (sometimes we can be somewhat sarcastic or downright rude though, but that's the mob for you!)
 
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Deleted 97779

Guest
The shape of my cornea is of every consequence - I have no visual acuity aberrations. And it's not true that the selection process selects those with few or no visual acuity aberrations, you can join with very poor eyesight, up to -6.00, I was previously -7.00 in one of my eyes but now have above average vision.



I believe this answers my question unless anybody can say otherwise?
Sorry!
You are right.
Comes from reading and writing too quickly. Ironic or me as I was reading though a dead persons cornea in my left eye and part of another dead persons cornea in my right. Hope things go well for you .
 
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