There is part of the problem. I think contacts are fine for the range, but extended use in the field can be a problem... just the maintenance and the problems if you get something in them, etc. Perhaps contacts with a backup pair of glasses being mandetory.
For target shooting at the range, the contacts will most likely be better, while if you're in the field, glasses are preferable. The glasses are easier to find if you drop them, they are easy to wipe "clean", and best of all, you run less risk of getting a lot of dirt into direct contact with eyes.
I tried wearing contacts during one excercise, and it became uncomfortable after a while, especially since you can't really take them out while you take a short nap. Fortunately, I had taken my glasses with me.
Mel is there a certain limit for how bad your eyes can be before they wont accetept you into the US Army Sniper School? Because I have horrible vision without my glasses or contacts, the doctor told me I'm legally blind without them. I was just wondering.
Yeah but I hope I can get surgery something like LASIK. Maybe in a couple of years the military would accept more people that have that kind of surgery. But the likelyhood of me being a sniper in the first place is small. But I am going into the military some way or another. I got college covered for so after high school off to college and then military, somewhere inbetween eye surgery.
Fortunately, my problems with seeings are relatively small, and when corrected I'm safely inside the marging, but I've still considered that kind of surgery, but it's beyond my budget currently.
My grandfather was in SF and got his paid for my Uncle Sam abouta year ago. He see's better than 20-20 which is pretty amazing considering he had a condition in which he had to have prism's inside his lenses before.
I am GOING to get Lasik as soon as I get more comfortable with the longer term effects of it, as in, no one knows what happens in 25 years.
As far as being legally blind and being a sniper, dont ask, dont tell. I've got bad vision and I've gone through it, I actually shoot better without my glasses on, they interfere with my scope, which is also why I dont like contacts.
Even though I use glasses, I still keep a spare pair in my ruck / daypack, you never know when you will lose your pair and need to get the F- outta dodge. I'd rather put on my spare set and look for them than do it blindly. I've had my glasses torn off my face by a tree when I was running like a bat outta-hell and it took me 2 hours to find them- that's an eternity (Especially since I lost them at 6PM and it was almost pitch black when i found them).
The official stance of the US Army is in order to get into sniper school, you cannot be color blind, and you must have CORRECTABLE vision to 20/20. It says nothing about what your uncorrected vision must be, as long as its 20/20 when corrected. Now, the one last thing to check would be your physical status. In order to go to sniper school you must have all 1's, I am not sure if uncorrected vision is part of the physical abilities chart or not.
About Lasak, it is still in research phase for the military, be sure to ask a recruiter or someone else in authority BEFORE looking to do it.
Thanks Mel, yeah I have about 8 or 10 years to go before I get into the military, college first. I would absolutly love to be a sniper but I would like the benfits of being an officer more. I would hope the military would get beyond the research phase of Lasik by the time I get out of college.
The benefits of being an officer certainly incude more cash flow. But that would dramatically reduce any chance that you would have of being a sniper. The demand for sniper platoon commanders is significantly less than the already SMALL demand for snipers to fill the platoon. Plus as a sniper platoon commander you get to stay in the rear with the gear and the beer. :wink: