Army Medical

#1
Hi
I recently tried to join the TA but failed my medical due to a detached retina in my left eye i had an operation 19 years ago. What is the army policy about eye tests is there any way around it i don't wear glasses and my eye sight has not been a problem for me in the past.
 
#3
Thanks for the reply...would it be worth sending letters i have got from the hospital to my GP when i had the operation done as i didn't have them when i took the army medical.Also going to see (no pun intended) an eye specialist with reguards if anything could be done,or do you think i'd just be wasting my time?
Thanks
 
#5
Most forms of eye surgery are a bar to service.

Laser surgery used to be a bar as well, dunno if it still is.
 

Fang_Farrier

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#7
Most forms of eye surgery are a bar to service.[\QUOTE]

"Most forms" ? Bit vague aren't we ? I had eye surgery to correct a bad case of bong-eyedness when I was a nipper, didn't bar me from joining up and seeing as thats probably one of the most common forms of eye surgery..........well I just generalising aren't I.




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Never even a mention of my squint correction as a youngster either but then again both yours and mine would be extra-ocular surgery, a detached retina would be intra-ocular, that might be the difference.
 
#8
List of eye conditions that are a bar

Chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma, keratoconus and retinitis pigmentosa.
Surgery for a squint within the last six months.
Corneal problems such as a corneal graft or recurrent corneal ulcers.
Loss or dislocation of an eye lens.
Cataract or cataract surgery.
Detached retina.
 
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#9
Most forms of eye surgery are a bar to service.[\QUOTE]

"Most forms" ? Bit vague aren't we ? I had eye surgery to correct a bad case of bong-eyedness when I was a nipper, didn't bar me from joining up and seeing as thats probably one of the most common forms of eye surgery..........well I just generalising aren't I.




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Same here, I had a squint corrected when I was about 4 and during my TA medical I got asked if I'd had any eye surgery and if so, when. Told him about my operation and that I couldn't tell him exactly when as I was a toddler. He said it only really was an issue for people who'd had it done within 6months of applying - and most people do get it done when they're small anyway.
 
#10
It seems like it depends on how much correction was made, but causes a tonne of hassle. My mate sent off his RG8 and then got a request for more information from his optician, then more information now hes stuck in limbo.
I was pretty much the same. Most modern laser surgery is accepted now however, as with your mate, I was requested (after the RG8 was sent in and after the medical at ADSC) to provide more info.

This was over a year ago. At the time there were only 2 places in the UK - Glasgow Caledonian University and some place in Leeds - who did this. The Army should give you a form listing the required specialist tests which you take with you. Costs £80!

I sent that all in but still doesn't seem to be enough, although I'm wondering if it got separated from the RG8 form because everything I was given at ADSC was answered.

It took so long for me to get the required appointment (there are limited spaces), get the results and hear absolutely anything back from the TA unit I tried to join after handing it in, that a year has passed since ADSC so I would have to do that weekend again! I informed them some time before going to ADSC but no one knew and thought it would be ok to go along anyway... :(

Would be interested to hear how your mate got on.
 
#11
Looking at JSP 356 (the medical bible for such things, now replaced by JSP 950 but I don't have that to hand and most things seem to be the same in respect to enlistment standards). You might be able to challenge it as it states that all cases of retinal detachment are to be referred to an ophthalmologist and that "There will be cases that may be acceptable, eg. if the retina has been adequately reattached and thevision is good, the refraction stable and within limits, no significant anisometropia, the visual field full and
the ocular motility normal."

Good luck.
 

The_Duke

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#12
A medical fail is a fail, unlucky but that's it.
Not for the TA it isn't. Most TA medicals are done by locum doctors and nurses who do a very cursory check, kick out anything that they are not sure about, sign the time sheets for the cash and get out as quick as they can.

This then leaves the applicant with a 3 or 6 month deferral because they broke their leg falling off their bike when they were a kid, and the doctor ticked the "lower leg injury" box because it was easier and less likely to cause any comeback than asking some questions and applying discretion.

The deferral and appeal goes to a doctor that understands the medical standards and the requirements of the service and overturns the original decision - assuming that the applicant is still interesting in joining the TA after being messed about so much.
 
#13
Thanks you may have given me some hope...the army medical board failed me due to my detached retina but i didn't send the letters from the hospital sent to my GP when i had the operation (19 years ago) I now have these letters but my own GP is reluctant to send me to an eye specialist as he doesn't think much can be done to improve my eye sight. Any ideas around this? I can only think myself paying to see an eye specialist is the only way. I live in Leeds so any help would be great as i still wish to join the TA.

Thanks
 

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