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 07-11-2008, 09:52 PM #1 New Member   Join Date: Mar 2008 Posts: 21 eyesight measurements: Sphere? Cylinder? Axis? Hello All, Just had my eye test... Could someone please tell me how to interpret Sphere, Cylinder and Axis measurements? What is the Academy requirements and are there different levels depending on type of plane you fly (fighters versus cargo)??? Many thanks! Reply
 07-15-2008, 01:17 AM #2 New Member   Join Date: Jan 2006 Posts: 13 In short, those are the three numbers that define a glasses prescription. The sphere measurement is a measurement of lens power for myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). For nearsightedness, the number is a negative number. For farsightedness it's a positive number. Cylinder refers to lens power for astigmatism. Cylinder is a type of lens power that is set at an angle. The axis measurement denotes what orientation the power is set at in degrees. The units for both sphere and cylinder are diopters; the units for axis are degrees. So if you are two diopters nearsighed with one diopter of astigmatism oriented vertically, your perscription would read: -2.00 -1.00 x 090. I do not know if flight requirements are determined by prescription or visual acuity. The Academy may have requirements for both. Last edited by eyeball11; 07-15-2008 at 01:19 AM. Reason: typo Reply
 07-16-2008, 12:25 AM #4 New Member   Join Date: Mar 2008 Posts: 21 Thanks!! It looks like I am pilot qualified per the web page you sent! Reply
 07-16-2008, 11:04 AM #5 Junior Member   Join Date: Feb 2008 Posts: 71 I had my Dodmerb test done yesterday, but the doctor didn't really share any information with me (I could tell I was a waste of her time). Is there any way I can find out what my vision is? Perhaps maybe through the dodmets site? I looked around and couldn't find anything there. Reply
 07-16-2008, 10:55 PM #6 New Member   Join Date: Jan 2006 Posts: 13 You can request the information from the examining doctor. As a patient you have a right to a copy of your own medical record. That's your most direct route to obtain the info. Reply
07-17-2008, 12:39 AM   #7
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Taysel: Not sure if you'll be able to access your files. Not sure if its just my eye doctor but on some paperwork they asked me to fill out it says this:

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 Because the Department of Defense has ordered this screening, I understand that all information gathered becomes property of the United States government. I understand that neither the doctor nor the staff can release any of this information to me.
Again, this is my specific optometrist thru DoDMERB. Others may have a different policy I'm not sure.

Is this not uncommon for DoDMERB physicals and eye exams?
 08-13-2008, 12:21 PM #8 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 84 The DODMERB website showed my son "Medically Qualified" on Monday. Will there be more data such as "commision qualified", "pilot commission qualified", or navigator commision qualified". If so, where will we see/find that data? Thanks. Reply
 08-13-2008, 05:21 PM #9 Junior Member   Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: USAFA 2013 Posts: 165 Unfortunantly not. Being medically qualified basically means that you are qualified to go to the academy. That being said as long as nothing happens to him for the next five years he should be commissionable, medically speaking. For navigator/pilot qualifications you or your Son can compare his scores to the page that eyeball11 provided. Official pilot/navigator qualification does not occur until later at the Academy. Reply
 08-13-2008, 11:31 PM #10 Junior Member   Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: Bradenton, Florida Posts: 143 I took my eye test today, and did exceptionally well. I was surprised, my vision was better than I thought, my depth perception was perfect, and I am not colorblind. One step closer..... Reply
 08-14-2008, 12:26 AM #11 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 84 I think I just did not exactly say what I meant in my previous post. I realize that his scores are only for admission now. But in the response posted the poster said we could compare his scores to the chart. So where do we get his scores to compare to the chart? Will they be posted somewhere? Reply
 08-14-2008, 10:52 AM #12 Junior Member   Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: USAFA 2013 Posts: 165 I know when I had my DoDMERB exam my doctor gave me a copy of all my tests. Another thing is that CAMIS will tell you if you are PQ based on your original DoDMERB exam, but he will have to wait to get here to use it. Reply
 08-14-2008, 01:47 PM #13 Member   Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Mississippi, USAFA Posts: 841 yep, i found that i'm PQ even with my bad eyesight. so no worries, it's not that big of a deal Reply

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