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    I have decided to take the Seattle Police Department exam in November. I have one concern though. I am colorblind. I can look at cars, clothes, hair color, etc. and know what color they are but I can't pass the Ishihara test (where you look at blobs of color and identify the number). I am going to be fitted for a special contact lens that will allow me to pass this test as well as see colors better in general. Does anyone know if they allow you to take the test with your contacts in or out? How strict are PD's about colorblindness? Any info is greatly appreciated.

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    Originally posted by Martini6196
    I have decided to take the Seattle Police Department exam in November. I have one concern though. I am colorblind. I can look at cars, clothes, hair color, etc. and know what color they are but I can't pass the Ishihara test (where you look at blobs of color and identify the number). I am going to be fitted for a special contact lens that will allow me to pass this test as well as see colors better in general. Does anyone know if they allow you to take the test with your contacts in or out? How strict are PD's about colorblindness? Any info is greatly appreciated.

    Its actually called color defiency and i have the same problem. 1 out of 10 men have it. Women rarely get that because they have two crom and men have one. So when it is not woking very good then we have this problem. You can see colors very good, but not those damn cards lol.Most departments are very strict when it comes to that. They most likely will not let you take the test with the X- crom lens. Try this, if you stare at the card for about three seconds, you can actually see a shape of the number and pass. look it up onlin and take some sampl tests and keep doing them over and over then look for you mistakes then overcome then. Good luck

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crex4242
      Its actually called color defiency and i have the same problem. 1 out of 10 men have it. Women rarely get that because they have two crom and men have one. So when it is not woking very good then we have this problem. You can see colors very good, but not those damn cards lol.Most departments are very strict when it comes to that. They most likely will not let you take the test with the X- crom lens. Try this, if you stare at the card for about three seconds, you can actually see a shape of the number and pass. look it up onlin and take some sampl tests and keep doing them over and over then look for you mistakes then overcome then. Good luck
      I have read some departments let you keep your contact lenses in for the eye exams if you've been wearing them more than 6 months. Therefore, how would they know?

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      • #4
        Hey man Have the same problem. I have passed here in Indiana for 2 different departments. First they will show me the cards. Then after I can't see the numbers they'll give me these blocks that are different shades and I have to put them in a roll like a rainbow from shade to shade. I really don't see why they would say no about the contacts because usally they say corrected or uncorrected vision on the application. Good luck. What kind of contacts did u get? Red tinted?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by off_kimball
          Hey man Have the same problem. I have passed here in Indiana for 2 different departments. First they will show me the cards. Then after I can't see the numbers they'll give me these blocks that are different shades and I have to put them in a roll like a rainbow from shade to shade. I really don't see why they would say no about the contacts because usally they say corrected or uncorrected vision on the application. Good luck. What kind of contacts did u get? Red tinted?
          I didn't get them yet. I am going to my ophthmalogist next week to start the process and to see how colorblind I really am. If I do end up getting them they will be prescription but one of them will have a red tint to it. Now that you mention the other test maybe I will be able to pass that. Could you not see the numbers at all on the cards? I can see some but not the others.

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          • #6
            I'm "color deficient" too

            As far as the six-months thing... every time I see these lenses referenced, it's always to say no, you cannot wear them. The six months is for regular contacts.

            The department I'm trying to get on with has no stated policy about color vision that I can find, but I just found out that they do test for it in the medical exam. I'm hoping that isn't a pass-fail item. If I can get on and get certified, i'm certain that the color issue won't keep me from lateralling around later if I want to.

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            • #7
              I got DQed last week for CB

              Well I hate to say it guys well atleast the guys in California it's a post standard. i just got DQed for colorblindness for CoCo County. I was told that that was the only thing that held me back. If you go to the post medical page it will tell you if you fail the Ishihara test then you should be given the Farnsworth D-15 test. The D-15 is the 15 colored disk test. If you fail that then you may be DQed. I was told by the Doc just know that I can go see a specialist with my own time and $, but he would question why i passed in another Doc's office. As far as the contact lens, I know California will not let you use such lenses. I wish I could have better news, GOD knows I wish.


              H Hey kimball did you have any problems with the block test?

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              • #8
                Jnojr,
                You may want to contact the department that you are testing with and ask. The departments I tested with never had anything written about this. I was told it's a post thing. Good luck

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by maxxklp
                  Jnojr,
                  You may want to contact the department that you are testing with and ask. The departments I tested with never had anything written about this. I was told it's a post thing. Good luck
                  Jeez...

                  Well, on the one hand, I'm actually in the process for a Detentions / Courts Deputy position, which isn't POST-certified (academy is about 3 months long instead of 6). And on the other, I may be able to pass the colored jar test. I just won't know until I get there, and I need to hear back about the psych test first!

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                  • #10
                    Colored jar test?

                    What is the jar test? oh and by the way Just keep trying. In no way did I want to keep you down. I just feel that knowledge is power and if I would have known about the POST standards I would have taken a little more time with the test.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by maxxklp
                      What is the jar test?
                      I'm told that they give you like 15 colored jars, and you have to put them in order. And I gather they aren't simple, obvious colors, but probably shades of red and/or green.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jnojr
                        I'm "color deficient" too

                        As far as the six-months thing... every time I see these lenses referenced, it's always to say no, you cannot wear them. The six months is for regular contacts.

                        The department I'm trying to get on with has no stated policy about color vision that I can find, but I just found out that they do test for it in the medical exam. I'm hoping that isn't a pass-fail item. If I can get on and get certified, i'm certain that the color issue won't keep me from lateralling around later if I want to.
                        It prob will not be an issue. I am a police offcier and i have no problem performing my job and I have a color defienceny as well. Good Luck buddy

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                        • #13
                          So is it safe to say some departments won't allow you to work if you have a color deficiency and some will? I am trying to get on with the Seattle PD and when I asked the recruiter about color blindness she made it seem like it was no big deal. Does anyone know anything about the Seattle Med exam process?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by maxxklp
                            Well I hate to say it guys well atleast the guys in California it's a post standard. i just got DQed for colorblindness for CoCo County. I was told that that was the only thing that held me back. If you go to the post medical page it will tell you if you fail the Ishihara test then you should be given the Farnsworth D-15 test. The D-15 is the 15 colored disk test. If you fail that then you may be DQed. I was told by the Doc just know that I can go see a specialist with my own time and $, but he would question why i passed in another Doc's office. As far as the contact lens, I know California will not let you use such lenses. I wish I could have better news, GOD knows I wish.


                            H Hey kimball did you have any problems with the block test?
                            The doctor said you can get tested somewhere else and they will use those results??

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                            • #15
                              Color deficiency

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                              Last edited by HaloUD; 11-07-2005, 06:59 PM.

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