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UVEITIS – Military Entrance Standards for Medical Fitness
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These are the Army military regulations used at MEPS and military processing centers for the entrance vision standards for eye diseases and visual acuity.


This is an extrapolated version of AR 40-501 2-12.  This section describes eye diseases and visual acuity standards for entrance into the United States military.  Included here are the disqualifying conditions, a brief description of the condition, and what challenges a condition or disease may create for a new soldier.


This section relates to UVEITIS eye conditions that are disqualifying.


I am interested in joining the military.  What are the military regulations and standards regarding uveitic (uveitus) conditions?



E. Uveitis or iridocyclitis. Current or history of uveitis or iridocyclitis


Why is this disqualifying?


Uveitis and/or iridocyclitis is an  intra-ocular inflammatory condition cause by multiple diseases and/or trauma.  This disease is often progressive and associated with systemic conditions like: ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel disease, reiter’s syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, glaucomatocylcitic crisis, UGH syndrome (uveitis-glaucoma-hyphema), behcet’s disease, lyme disease, mumps, influenza, adenovirus, measles, Chlamydia, leptospirosis, kawasaki’s disease, rickettsial disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis, sarcoidosis, herpes simplex/zoster, syphilis, tuberculosis.  These systemic conditions are also disqualifying.   Uveitis can often be recurrent and challenging to treat.  Typically, a long course of steroids is used to control the inflammation.  Recurrent uveitis can cause elevated intraocular pressure which can lead to the loss of one’s peripheral vision.  These conditions can limit the ability of a soldier to train, deploy, successfully complete basic training and/or can cause significant vision loss.




Below is the exact AR 40-501 military army regulation for this section of eye disease and vision.

AR 40-501 2–12. Eyes

d. Uveitis or iridocyclitis. Current or history of uveitis or iridocyclitis (364.3) is disqualifying




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