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  • NPS LE Ranger, Vision Standards Q from DO-57

    I have an NPS medical exam coming up and am wondering if my uncorrected vision is going to be an issue? My vision exceeds the 20/100 requirement as stated in DO-57 but I have worn soft contact lenses successfully for probably close to 20 years and am correctable to 20/20 or better. According to line #1 below, should I be ok? I plan on having corrective surgery in the next couple of years when I have some leave built up. Thanks.


    VISION STANDARDS

    Any disease or condition which interferes with a person’s vision may be considered disqualifying. Cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    1. Uncorrected distant vision must be equal to or better than 20/100 in each eye. (The use of Soft Contact Lenses [SCL] may be considered a reasonable accommodation for candidates who have been successful SCL wearers for at least one year and who wear SCL on duty at all times.)

    2. Binocular distant vision must be correctable to 20/20.

    3. Monocular vision is disqualifying.

    4. Depth Perception must be equal to or better than 70 seconds of arc.

    5. Peripheral Vision must be normal.

    6. Color vision must be sufficient to pass the Ishihara 15 plate series color vision test or the Farnsworth D-15 color vision test. X-Chrome lenses are not acceptable as a means for correcting color deficiencies.

    7. Orthokeratology is acceptable as long as individuals wear their lenses while on duty at all times and meet the above visual acuity requirements for corrected vision. (Orthokeratology involves the use of special hard contact lenses that “mold” the shape of the cornea to reduce myopia. The individual may wear the lenses for a period of time, then remove them to enjoy a period of good vision without the lenses. The lenses are put back into the eyes 1-3 days later when the individuals vision deteriorates.)
    "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
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    I do not wear contacts and have good vision, so I've never really paid attention to this when I go for my exams. Easiest way to solve this is to contact your future supervisor at the park that has hired you. That supervisor will be able to refer you to the specialist at the park who deals with medical exams, health benefits, ect. Likely it will be a secretary in Ranger Activities or someone in HR. The way I read number 1, seems like you would be fine w/ contacts in. Similar to a driver who must have corrective lens in/on if they are driving a car. Contact the park and ask. Good luck.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by canyon_ranger View Post
      I do not wear contacts and have good vision, so I've never really paid attention to this when I go for my exams. Easiest way to solve this is to contact your future supervisor at the park that has hired you. That supervisor will be able to refer you to the specialist at the park who deals with medical exams, health benefits, ect. Likely it will be a secretary in Ranger Activities or someone in HR. The way I read number 1, seems like you would be fine w/ contacts in. Similar to a driver who must have corrective lens in/on if they are driving a car. Contact the park and ask. Good luck.
      Thanks canyon_ranger!
      "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
      John Adams

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      • #4
        I finally have a EOD! My vision wasn't a real issue. I brought a letter from my eye doctor stating that I have successfully worn soft contact lenses for 20 years and that I'm correctable to 20/15 vision.
        "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
        John Adams

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