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How can I improve my eyesight?

Asked by bluejay (1009points) May 31st, 2012

I want to be an MP (military police) which I would need a 222211 physical requirement. I can distinguish perfect between red and green but my eyesight is about a 3. How can I improve it? I can’t get any eye surgeries or anything like it unfortunately insurance would not cover that!

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gailcalled's avatar

The only way, if you do not have 20/20 vision, is to wear corrective lenses or have the surgery (costs )

I do not understand the numbers you posted.

If the surgery, c. $2500 US, would give you perfect vision and afford you a decent career, maybe it is worth saving your pennies.

bluejay's avatar

It’s basically a code of how good something is about your physical health.
3= bad and very unlikely you’ll get into the military
4= horrible and unless it’s completely insignificant to your job you will not get in the military.

blueberry_kid's avatar

I would say eat more carrots, but I think that’s just a myth.

But, you could eat more fish, more foods with amino acids, herbal teas, eating more eggs, and wear sunglasses as much as possible.


gailcalled's avatar

Sorry, @blueberry kid; those are all myths. If true, the opticians would be out of business.

blueberry_kid's avatar

@gailcalled But they could help in some ways.

gailcalled's avatar

A balanced diet is a good idea for general health, and sun glasses are useful for keeping the glare down when outside on a sunny day.

Eggs are not always a good thing; they are loaded with cholesterol and really designed to nourish a baby chick before it is born. I haven’t eaten eggs in years. Wild fish without mercury is recommended, if you can find it.

gasman's avatar

@bluejay, If you can see 20/20 with glasses or contacts, then the number you want is diopters of correction (plus or minus sphere for far- or near-sightedness, cylinder for astigmatism). That number is useful for assessing your eyesight. The perfect-good-bad-horrible scale, not so much.

If you don’t see close to 20/20 even with perfect refraction, the military might not be for you.

rooeytoo's avatar

Wouldn’t laser surgery correct it to satisfactory level? I would check that out.

JLeslie's avatar

They won’t let you just wear contacts or glasses? Assuming you are better than 20/40 with glasses. My dad is a commissioned officer and he is color blind and has bad depth perception. But, he was not in the armed services, but he was military, had to meet the weight requirements, wear a uniform at least twice a week, gets all military benefits, etc. etc. I guess I can see on the battlefield maybe they want people with excellent vision not needing correction? I don’t know all the rules they have on the matter. But, Radar and Clonel Potter wore glasses.

Seems like the surgery to correct your vision is the best answer. Did you shop around to see how much it costs if you self pay? The prices have come down from years ago, but I don’t know how much it costs. You can probably make a payment plan with a doctor. Ask them their best price, usually it is the medicare price.

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prasad's avatar

Though it comes under surgery, you may opt for LASIK. I guess you wouldn’t need insurance for that; the surgery costs around US $300 per eye (converted from Indian rupees).

It takes 5/10 minutes. You can correct your vision on both eyes at same time (one after other on same day). One day and you’ll be fine; though a week would be sure enough. And, you may be required to use tear drops couple of months after the surgery. You may want to see my question on lasik here.

rooeytoo's avatar

Wow, it’s about 2500 per eye here last time I checked. And I don’t think the socialized medicine covers it.

JLeslie's avatar

@rooeytoo Yeah, doctors make a fortune on that procedure. I think in America it is done for between $1200 to $2500 per eye. I vaguely remember my uncle saying he would do it for the medicare price for my sister at $1200 per eye.

I remember years ago seeing them do it in Russia one after another practically on an assembly line. The report said the Russian doctors who do it are excellent at the procedure they do so many, doesn’t cost the system much at all. Basically made me realize we are probably being ripped of in America. surprise!

I think it should be covered by insurance.

rooeytoo's avatar

Well then I guess we are being ripped off in Australia too. But I don’t think I want my eyes done on an assembly line in russia!

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