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  1. hi, im shortsighted and have astigmatism in both eyes, ive been told out off all the types of astigmatism you can have, i have the best one too have. but i was wondering wether this makes you un-elligable for the army?
    im shortsighted with a prescription of -3.00 which i know is within the limits its just astigmatism that worries me
  2. Sorry bud..

    "3.2.2. The following conditions, in either or both eyes, will normally exclude

    (3) Opacity (including cataracts or past cataract surgery).
    Specialist visual function testing is normally required, including
    assessment of refraction, symmetry of visual acuity, high and
    low contrast sensitivity (with and without glare sources) or
    contrast acuity analysis, astigmatism, glare, and night vision."

    Taken from: Leaflet 3-2 EYE DISEASES.pdf

    Best if you go speak to you recruiter at your local AFCO though, just to be sure.
  3. Speak to your recruiter or whatever they are called now. If it helps, I wasn't aware I suffered from an astigmatism until I left the army - nearly 14 years later!
  4. after having a look at that leaflet it kind of seems the way that its written is that opacity is the problem, and that the others listed are part of the whole cataracht/opacity thing??
  5. It does say it "normal excludes".. so i guess if your sight isn't affected too much by it then you may be OK.

    Go see your AFCO mate, they'll be able to help you along.
  6. alright, cheers for the help
  7. Sympathetic_Reaction

    Sympathetic_Reaction LE Book Reviewer

    My understanding was that if it was fully corrected by glasses which were within the accepted stregth limits then that was fine. I have astigmatism in both eyes but had no issues with the medical or eye test.

  8. having searched this site and googled it, im fairly sure astigmatism isnt a bar to entry, i reckon the reason its listed in the leaflet is because thats what is tested for if youve ever had cataracts
  9. I had astigmatism for 21 of the 23 years I have been in the Army.