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    USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    GDAL is right (as usual). RPA Pilot has no depth perception standard, but during RPA training you must meet FC II (Pilot) standards, which does include depth perception because you are doing manned flight. The waiver authority has said they will waive this every time so you can get to be an RPA and then retire the waiver.
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    USAF / USA / USN / USMC Vision

    RPA has no depth perception requirement.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    I hope they are positive too. I must come across as a huge naysayer on this forum, but I'm only trying to make sure people don't get their hopes up too high only to get turned away late in the process. Best of luck!
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Just make sure they use Cyclopentolate and not Tropicamide/Phenylephrine (which is what is typically used). They will likely yield different results.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    I should have mentioned this previously. The AF changed the CCT standard to 55 for each cone. So you don't need perfect color vision. There's really not a good correlation between CCT and Ishihara. If you meet the refractive standards, there may be some hope in getting a CCT score that's within standard (55 or above on each cone type).
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Gatsby, I could be wrong, but I highly suspect that the contrast and chromaticity (i.e. color co-ordinates) of the letters seen in that print are not the same as what would be presented on the actual test. Thus, they don't fully isolate the cones so your "weak" cone is not actually being tested. In my experience people don't fail Ishihara and pass CCT. Also, if you are wearing a +3.00 and +2.50 contact lens, then I would expect that your refractive error is more hyperopic than what you are wearing. The measurement for refractive error is taken under cycloplegic (dilated) conditions, which paralyzes the accommodative muscles and typically yields more hyperopia than what a person will wear comfortably under non-dilated conditions. If I had to guess, I would think your left eye may be pushing the hard limit of +4.00. That's easy enough to determine. Have a doc dilate your eyes with two drops of 1% Cyclopentolate and see how much power you need to see 20/20. If it's over +4.00, it's a DQ without waiver potential. I don't mean to be giving you a bunch of bad news, but that's my best guess.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    Sorry, I missed this. I cleared out some of my box so send away.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    All true. PRK/LASIK no longer requires a waiver as long as no complications. There is still a mandatory 6 month period between surgery and when you can get an IFC I. This was basically just a formality. Everyone got indefinite waivers (for the most part). Depth perception standard now 40 arc secs instead of 25. It really has little impact on who gets in, it just means fewer people need waivers because the waiver criteria didn't change. There were other changes related to eyes/vision, but they weren't as significant.
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    Change to Air Force Color Vision Policy

    It's coming soon. Don't know the exact dates, but we're hoping it's within the next few weeks.
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    Rated Hornet Pilot Requiring Waiver

    Sorry, my box was full. I've deleted some messages. I'll ask our flight doc (I'm an eyeball person) tomorrow and let you know what he thinks.
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    Rated Hornet Pilot Requiring Waiver

    Maybe, ask away or PM.
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    Secondary Flight Physical; Is It Required?

    We've been trying to get this changed forever, but you're coming back to Wright Patt for MFS which consists of red lens test, color vision, corneal topography, anthropometrics (height/weight) and neuro-psych (computer test). It's a totally inefficient system (who would expect that from the USAF).
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    Secondary Flight Physical; Is It Required?

    When you say you went to Wright-Patt, did you get your physical at the medical center or in Bldg 840 over in area B? If you were seen at 840, there is no need to return. Everything would have been done at one time.
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    PRK and LASIK Information

    Yep. Last time we looked 40%+ of pilots required corrective lenses to fly. There was no bias across airframe: fighters, tankers, cargo, rotary wing, etc. You can wear contact lenses in lieu of glasses, but you must see 20/20 to fly.
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    PRK and LASIK Information

    Without specifics, I can't speculate. The AF has no policy about corneal thickness post PRK/LASIK for applicants. It's somethings that was probably an oversight, but it is what it is. Obviously, you don't want to risk your long term vision/eyes just to qualify for IFC I.
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