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    ENG1: Vision

    Hi all,

    I have applied to the RFA to be an Engine Cadet. Only problem is that I cannot meet the 6/60 unaided vision requirements. I am fine with glasses on and am not colour blind. Will this be a fail on the ENG1 or will I just be restricted in what I can do in someway?

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    http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga-mnoti...9BEE27A2E4E640

    Seems that is the requirement sadly

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    I thought if you need to wear glasses/contacts then they only test you with them on?

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    No, as Thady says, there is a minimun unaided vision requirement for everyone. Sorry, but I think that you will not get through the test.

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    6/60 is the Biggest letter on the chat. Test if you can do this at home pin leter font size 200 pin it to wall. Measure 20 feet see if you can readi it from there. This 20/200 or 6/60 vision.

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    might be an idea they dont actually do anything beyond cover a eye, whats the smallest you can read.

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    Its going to be hard to self test with out knowing what it says, similarly a standard test sheet only has a few big characters so its hard to get a true indication of are you able to read them or just remember from before.
    The best thing is to either go to an ENG1 doctor or optomitrist and find out for sure. while to speculate and pay for an ENG was a bit of money if it allows you to do the cadetship then its ok. However speak to a professional who can tell you, is it likely to get worse? if so then theres not much point as you could finish and then never get another ENG
    you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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    can you get laser eye surgery? yeah its expensive but if it allows you do to what you want in life maybe a acceptable sacrifice

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    Quote Originally Posted by thady View Post
    can you get laser eye surgery? yeah its expensive but if it allows you do to what you want in life maybe a acceptable sacrifice
    In ADG 14 there is a specific line about not being fit for sea as per the ENG1 for a period of 6 months after laser eye surgery.

    "If a seafarer decides to undertake the procedure and returns for reassessment, the Standards require you to make them temporarily unfit for lookout duties for 6 months after surgery. On retesting, they can be issued with a short term unrestricted ENG 1 until stability is confirmed."

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-hom...nce/adg_14.htm

    As you do not mention your age then I will also have to say that some surgeons will not consider people under 21 and some under 25.

    If you are prepared to wait, have eye surgery once your eyes have stabilised and then wait a further 6 months before having an ENG1 then I would say go for it. However, messing with your eyes if you are younger and tour eyes are still changing because a high street dodgy laser eye clinic says they will do it is not the best road to follow. If I were you I would go and make an appointment to see one of the top surgeons at the Moorfields eye hospital in London. These are the guys that pick up all the pieces when people are left in a mess by failed procedures. There is one guy in particular (contact me pm for his name) who did laser eye surgery for my wife 2 years ago to correct -7.25 in both eyes. He did say she would need a re-correction because her eyes were so bad, and he did say it would be 2 years before her eyes settled down and he could do the second correction. He has been spot on. Her 2 years is up later this year and her eyes are still changing. He refuses to be rushed or do anything that is not 100% right. Oh, and he is using one of the latest femtosecond lasers. Let him advise you, or someone like him. It is your eyesight you are playing with here. Not to be done lightly.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks very much for the help everyone. I'm going to have a full eye test to confirm if I would pass or not. If not, then I'll look into laser eye surgery.

 

 
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