Eyesight


#1

Alright I got this problem that may prevent me from ever becoming a mariner. I am wearing glassing. I am about -2 for both eyes. I have asked around and checked different sources to see what is allowed. Some say that at least one eye needs to be a hundred percent and other are more vague with something like being able to see “enough” without glasses and then there is this thing with night vision.
I know these standards are pretty much international, but what are they? What is allowed and what isn’t? Cause I am going nuts over here. I wish it was just listed somewhere.


#2

You don’t need perfect vision, as long as it’s correctable to 20/20 with glasses or lenses. You can’t have a problem with night vision or color blindness if your a bridge watchstander. Your license may say something about being required to have glasses. Unless there are new medical standards for vision.


#3

I think -2 is fine, as long as your corrected vision is 20/20. I had lasik done about 3 or 4 years ago. BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT!


#4

Actually, correctable to 20/40 in the USA. Aspiring, you’re in Holland, yes? You’ll need to check the regultions there but generally if you qualify for a drivers license you’re fine. Engineers have a bit less required at 20/50.


#5

Yes, and 20/200 uncorrected. And there is more so read NVIC 04-08 encl 5


#6

Thanks for clearing that up. I visited my eyedoctor today and he pulled out some requirements from 2005 which according to him said eyes have to be near perfect. Hm, I might as well try to fly jets.
captmike, word on the laser surgery, but I can’t afford that right now. I would love to throw these stinking glasses in the trash. I freaking hate them. Ah well. I am just going to have to be patient. Working on ships should allow me to save up some money for that.


#7

Just check the STCW rules. International recognised.


#8

AM, ou can always finance it. I garauntee you will be happing & smiling every time you write out that check to pay the monthly installment. I think you can do it for less than $50/month.
Make sure your eye doctor was looking at the merchant mariner requirements and not the Coast Guard service requirements. I think the Coast Guard’s requirements are more stringent than what is required of Merchant Mariners.


#9

The USCG requirements are not that stringent and you probably wouldn’t need eye surgery. I have really bad vision and wear glasses and have never had a problem. I don’t know if Dutch requirements are more strict, but I can’t imagine requiring perfect vision, at least without glasses or contacts.