Laser eye surgery IN the army?

#1
I am 16 and WILL join the army when i am 18. my vision is crap and i would only get them lasered by this surgeon called david gartry, i'll be checking officially and finding out what surgery you can and can't have, who has had experience with soldiers before, but you have to be 21. would i be able to join the army and then have laser eye surgery. my other option is to hold off till i am 21, get my eyes done then join when i am 22. Would this be an old age for an officer, would this be an old age for a soldier.
But mainly about the surgery. would i be able to get it done IN the army
cheers
ray
 
#2
The short answer on eye surgery is no. Do a search and you will get more info, this has been discussed lots in earlier threads.
 
#3
Rayskin said:
I am 16 and WILL join the army when i am 18. my vision is crap and i would only get them lasered by this surgeon called david gartry, i'll be checking officially and finding out what surgery you can and can't have, who has had experience with soldiers before, but you have to be 21. would i be able to join the army and then have laser eye surgery. my other option is to hold off till i am 21, get my eyes done then join when i am 22. Would this be an old age for an officer, would this be an old age for a soldier.
But mainly about the surgery. would i be able to get it done IN the army
cheers
ray
Not you again, FREAK.
 
#4
Hey.......Rayskin, you really are a treat.............you have only just got over puberty and already looking for freebie eye-surgery, 10/10 for trying.........trying everyone who reads your arrse entries.
 
#5
laser surgery aint allowed in the army boyo !!

there are just as many negative reasons as there are positive !

Armed forces personnel are forbidden currently from having this treatment.

As you havent joined, then there is nothing on record - if you have it done - how can they prove it ???
Its a gamble that only you can take
 
#6
Bedpan2zero said:
laser surgery aint allowed in the army boyo !!

there are just as many negative reasons as there are positive !

Armed forces personnel are forbidden currently from having this treatment


As you havent joined, then there is nothing on record - if you have it done - how can they prove it ???
Its a gamble that only you can take

BEDPAN... SHUT UP YOU CU NT ! You are an ill informed moron. Any personnel wishing to have corrective laser eye surgery, may do so at his/her own risk, at his/her own expense, and must inform the chain of command and gain permission from their Medical Officer. and you may be downgraded for one year or until healing has been deemed to have occurred.

if you have it done - how can they prove it ???
because as soon as you have an eye examination they will be able to spot the corneal scars, which appear as a near complete circle.

I know all of this, because I have had it done. TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW WHICH IS FCUK ALL ...SO SHUT THE FCUK UP. Why do morons spout their ignorant opinions as fact?
RAYSKIN - Save your money because you will have to pay for it yourself.
 
#7
Olddearhunter

thank you for your sentiments - but if you read the Surgeon Generals Policy letter, you will be aware that the OFFICIAL MOD POLICY is that laser eye surgery currently is NOT supported.

I eagerly await you 'educated' reply
 
#8
Bedpan2zero said:
Olddearhunter

thank you for your sentiments - but if you read the Surgeon Generals Policy letter, you will be aware that the OFFICIAL MOD POLICY is that laser eye surgery currently is NOT supported.

I eagerly await you 'educated' reply
Nice "back paddle", but you still spouted a load of SH1TE!
 
#9
Hi folks.

First post here :)

The above information was correct untill recently.

I myself have had laser surgery and thought it was a ban on joining the army but a visit to the local recruiting office and an email changed my mind.

You do have to wait a year from date of surgery but having the surgery does no longer mean a permanent ban.

I refer to an email I recieved from the online medical help on official army site.

Hi, Thank you for contacting the Online Office.

You must be a full 4 years clear of all treatment and symptoms of asthma before an application will be accepted. This application will be subject to further medical investigation.

Wearing of glasses is in itself not a ban on service. You must pass the medical and achieve the minimum standards required for both corrected and un-corrected vision.

Eyesight Standards, the standard personal weapon is the SA80 and this requires vision in the right eye to be correctable to no less than 6/9. Vision in the left eye must be correctable to no less than 6/36. Spectacle correction must be no greater than -7diopters or +8 in any meridian. Certain types of surgery or laser treatment to correct visual defects are unacceptable and clarification should be sought prior to application.

Not to long ago any form of laser eye treatment was an instant medical rejection for service in the Army. They recently changed the policy to look at each case individually. Depending on the type of treatment carried out, the time since carried out and the final outcome of the surgery you may be considered. This is subject to final medical approval. They will consider applications from those who have had LASEK, PRK and ICRs/ICSs corrective surgery. Entry will not be considered for those who have had RK, AK or any other type incisional refractive surgery other than those listed above. All invasive intraocular surgical procedures will remain a bar to entry.

Those who apply must meet 6 basic entry criteria; it will take at least 12 months from the date of surgery for the tests to be completed.



Hearing the hearing in each ear is assessed separately by pure tone audiometry. Candidates must not have hearing loss greater than 84 dB for low frequencies or 125 dB for high frequencies. A history of childhood ear problems or exposure to noise (eg shooting) may render a candidate unsuitable.

I am sorry but we are not able to answer medical questions. The best way to get an answer is to write a letter giving details of any medical problem and take it in a sealed envelope to your local Army careers office. The recruiters there can then send it to the SO2 MED or the RSC Medical Officer for an answer.



CSgt Ian Ockwell
My application is still being processed and my 12 month wait is up in september - This has given me plenty of time to get fit!

Nice site guy's allot of decent tips and advice on here.

cheers.
 
#10
Bedpan2zero said:
Olddearhunter

thank you for your sentiments - but if you read the Surgeon Generals Policy letter, you will be aware that the OFFICIAL MOD POLICY is that laser eye surgery currently is NOT supported.

I eagerly await you 'educated' reply
BEDPAN - YOU ARE A CRETIN. You cant even spell. Are you by any chance a 1pip or 2pip wonder in an unfashionable Corps? My extremely well educated, informed and lucid reply is as follows:

Surgeon General's letter? What...did he write to you personally? Have you ever heard of JSPs, DCIs and DINs ? YOU UTTER KUNT!!! This is where OFFICIAL MOD POLICY IS TO BE FOUND AND INTERPRETED BY PEOPLE BETTER ABLE TO READ THAN YOU !

Not supported? Financially you mean? I never said it was. The CoC may prefer you not to take the risk and they may be less than encouraging, but it is NOT FORBIDDEN as you previously state.

If laser surgery within the forces is not allowed, WHYINFUCKSNAME AM I STILL IN THE ARMY? I had the treatment done WHILST serving.

You almost certainly have an out of date 'letter'. It is meaningless in any case, and you were obviously giving erroneous 'advice' in your previous 'contribution'. As in 'how would they know you had it done?'

You obviously know less than fuckall about laser eye surgery within the forces...so again I SAY TO YOU...SHUT THE FCUK UP ABOUT SUBJECTS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. YOU ARE ONLY MAKING YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A FOOL.
 

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