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Nminx
09-26-03, 05:25 AM
This may be a dumb question but-

When a department says their uncorrected vision requirement is 20/80, does that mean they will allow you to work without glasses or contacts up until 20/80 (anything after that you have to wear glasses/contacts that correct you to 20/20)?

OR

Does that mean the worst vision you can have is 20/80 regardless of whether or not you have glasses or contacts?


Mike5166
09-26-03, 05:31 AM
That means that if you need corrective lenses, you'll have to be 20/20 with them. Without them the worst you can be is 20/80. You'll have to wear your lenses on duty for 20/20 vision.

The reason they don't want your vision worse than 20/80 uncorrected is that if something were to happen to your lenses (i.e. glasses getting knocked off your face) you can still see well enough to function in a pinch.

So, if you have 20/80 vision, and your glasses or contacts make you 20/20, then your're okay.

Nminx
09-26-03, 02:04 PM
What if you have worse than 20/80 but have soft contacts that bring you to 20/20?


99TAC
09-26-03, 02:15 PM
Originally posted by Nminx
What if you have worse than 20/80 but have soft contacts that bring you to 20/20?

ummm, do you think contacts count as corrected vision. So then without them it would be "uncorrected" vision. Contacts can still dislodge or fall out if you get punched.

txinvestigator1
09-26-03, 02:29 PM
When a minimum vision is listed it means if your uncorrected vision is worse than that you are disqualified.

Anyone know what the 20/20 stands for?

EHStaley
09-26-03, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by txinvestigator1
When a minimum vision is listed it means if your uncorrected vision is worse than that you are disqualified.

Anyone know what the 20/20 stands for?

Line 20 from 20 ft?

txinvestigator1
09-26-03, 02:44 PM
Nope

EHStaley
09-26-03, 02:52 PM
You can read the "20/20" line from 20 feet. What is your answer? The reason I ask is because my wife works for an ophlamologist and I just asked the doctor's nurse :D. That's what they told me. My first answer was from my best recollections. Then I called after you said nope. :)

link (http://www.visionww.org/article-what-is-20-20-vision.htm)

txinvestigator1
09-26-03, 03:01 PM
You are pretty much right on this time, but the 20/20 means that you can see at 20 feet, what the general population, on average, can see at 20 feet.

So 20/100 vision means you can see at 20 feet what the GP can see at 100 feet.

20/15 means you can see at 20 feet what the GP can only see at 15 feet.

For you non-believers http://www.howstuffworks.com/question126.htm

EHStaley
09-26-03, 03:03 PM
Well said. I included a link that explained that too. I didn't have the patience as you did to write it out. I am actually 20/20 in my right eye and 20/15 in my left (dom) eye. :)

Nminx
09-26-03, 08:02 PM
Hey 99-

Nice sarcasm.

Read the first sentence in your post.

"ummm...do you think contacts count as corrected vision"

Contacts do correct your vision.

Bite me.

Mike5166
09-26-03, 08:11 PM
I had 20/550 vision in my left eye and 20/450 in my "shootin' eye". Which means my eyes REALLY sucked. I couldnt' qualify for hardly anything I wanted to do. Two years ago I got laser surgery - it took 15 minutes and cost me a total of $600.00 - and it was done in a lab in the back of semi-truck trailer.

Now I have 20/20 vision in both eyes - no loss of night vision - no halo's - no dryness - nothing of the horror stories I've heard. I might just be lucky, but I strongly recommend laser surgery if you want to be in LE and have worst than the required vision....

sbrad
09-26-03, 11:21 PM
Originally posted by Mike5166
I had 20/550 vision in my left eye and 20/450 in my "shootin' eye". Which means my eyes REALLY sucked. I couldnt' qualify for hardly anything I wanted to do. Two years ago I got laser surgery - it took 15 minutes and cost me a total of $600.00 - and it was done in a lab in the back of semi-truck trailer.

Now I have 20/20 vision in both eyes - no loss of night vision - no halo's - no dryness - nothing of the horror stories I've heard. I might just be lucky, but I strongly recommend laser surgery if you want to be in LE and have worst than the required vision....
$600? Wow, I had no idea it had come down so much. I've gotta make an appointment!

Mike5166
09-27-03, 04:54 AM
Well, it was supposed to be $800, but the clinic rescheduled my appointment without clearning it with me. So I called the main office and raised hell with them and they gave me $100 off. Then I called the clinic to tell them teh main office said I get $100 off. The receptionist got mad at the main clinic saying "they can't authorized that! but if they want to be like that, fine, I'll give you another $100 off". *LOL*

But look into it if you haven't. I looked into is five years ago and it was going to be $2,500 PER EYE! Only three years later I got it for $300 per eye.