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VISION – Military Entrance Standards for Medical Fitness
Friday, 27 March 2009 23:00

 

These are the Army military regulations used at MEPS and military processing centers for the entrance vision standards for eye diseases and visual acuity.

 

 

2–13. Vision

 

Below are the visual acuity standards and regulations for entry into the military.  Remember these visual acuity are with your glasses or contacts ON.  So this is one’s best corrected visual acuity.

 

 

a. Current distant visual acuity of any degree that does not correct with spectacle lenses to at least one of the following is disqualifying:

(1) 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other eye.
(2) 20/30 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye.
(3) 20/20 in one eye and 20/400 in the other eye.

 

b. However, for entrance into USMA or ROTC, distant visual acuity that does not correct to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye is disqualifying. For entrance into OCS, distant visual acuity that does not correct to 20/20 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye is disqualifying.

c. Current near visual acuity of any degree that does not correct to 20/40 in the better eye is disqualifying.

d. Hyperopia,  refractive error worse than -8.00 or +8.00
Myopia,  refractive error worse than -8.00 or +8.00
Astigmatism, refractive error worse than -8.00 or +8.00

 

However, for entrance into USMA or Army ROTC programs, the following conditions are
disqualifying:

 

(1) Astigmatism, all types over 3 diopters.
(2) Hyperopia over 8.00 diopters spherical equivalent.
(3) Myopia over 8 diopters spherical equivalent.
(4) Refractive error corrected by orthokeratology or keratorefractive surgery.

 

e. Contact lenses. Current complicated cases requiring contact lenses for adequate correction of vision, such as corneal scars and irregular astigmatism, are disqualifying.

f. Color vision. Failure to pass a color vision test is not an automatic disqualification. Although there is no standard, color vision will be tested because adequate color vision is a prerequisite for entry into many military specialties. However, for entrance into the USMA or Army ROTC or OCS programs, the inability to distinguish and identify without confusion the color of an object, substance, material, or light that is uniformly colored a vivid red or vivid green is disqualifying.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 00:42
 

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