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LENS – 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 eye conditions and diseases of the LENS that are disqualifying.


I am interested in joining the military.  What are the military regulations and standards regarding lens conditions?



G. Lens


The lens is the part of the eye that enables one to focus from far to near.  Over time the lens becomes rigid and one loses the ability to focus near.  This is called presbyopia.  This is entirely normal and will occur in 100% of people over the age of 40.  However, there are other conditions that can affect the lens.  These conditions typically cause lens opacifications or cataracts.   If one has a lens opacification or cataract it is like looking through a foggy window.  The treatment for a cataract or lens opacification is lens removal and implanting a synthetic clear lens.  This is a very common surgery with successful results however it will disqualify one from entering the military.



Disqualifying Conditions:


1.  Aphakia, no lens in eye
Lens implant, cataract surgery
Dislocation of a lens


Why is this disqualifying?


Aphakia is when someone does not have a lens in their eye.  Typically the lens was removed surgically and a lens implant was not reinserted.  There are multiple reasons why a lens implant would not have been replaced. This is a disqualifying condition.  One’s vision is commonly very poor in an aphakic eye.

Dislocation of the lens is when the lens is not centered in the eye.  Conditions like marfans can cause the lens to sublax.  These conditions are disqualifying.

These conditions can limit the ability of a soldier to train, deploy, successfully complete basic training, and/or can cause significant vision loss.


2.  Opacities of the lens that interfere with vision or that are considered to be progressive, including cataract


Why is this disqualifying?


Lens opacitifactions and cataracts interfere with ones vision and ability to see at distant and near.  If the visual acuity is below the minimum standards or if the condition is progressive then it is disqualifying.  Poor vision can limit the ability of a soldier from successfully completing basic training.




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

AR 40-501 2–12. Eyes


g. Lens.



(1) Current aphakia (379.31), history of lens implant, or current or history of dislocation of a lens is disqualifying.
(2) Current or history of opacities of the lens (366) that interfere with vision or that are considered to be progressive, including cataract (366.9), are disqualifying.





Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 00:43

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