Long time lurker here and finally decided to make my first post, which, unfortunately, may be a bit of a stupid question.
I am headed to Cal Maritime in a few months (deck) and I wanted to be sure I was medically up to par, so I went and took a physical with the standards provided by the USCG to be eligible for my MMC. I passed everything just fine until I hit the color vision testing. Although I did pass the color vision test, I really had to take my time and struggled quite a bit with it. The doctor said I had nothing to worry about as long as I really focused on the cards.
Well, even though he said that, I[I] am[/I] a bit worried. What I fear is that when I am hired by a company they will put me through their physical screening (which I assume contains a vision screen as well?). When I get to the color vision stage and they see me struggling, that they will fail me. And then after all of this schooling I will not be able to find a job due to my eyes (even though the Coast Guard says I’m medically fine).
So my question is this - Will me struggling with the color vision test pose an issue with getting hired by a company? Is my concern even a valid one or is this just a case of over-thinking?
I should add that I am in no way worried about my safety on the water. I have been sailing the waterways here for some time now, both day and night, and have never once had trouble identifying colors of buoys or other objects enroute.