Preserving the Sight to Fight
Military personnel rely on their sense of sight to detect hazards to avoid, aim weapons, and maintain situational awareness to ensure unit safety and mission success. Technology can help enhance visual capabilities and reduce risk of in-theatre eye injuries, but each Service Member, unit leader, and healthcare provider must help ensure individuals maintain “sight to fight.”
Military public health vision experts support the warfighter by providing input to technology, procedures, and policy, researching medical and technology data, and by training* local vision conservation assets to better clinically evaluate, monitor, and advise patients.
Vision Readiness Products by Military Vision Public Health Experts
- *Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course (TSVCRC): local Vision Conservation team members (e.g., Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Optometry, Ophthalmology personnel) can take this online course through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) – graduates receive a certificate.
- Presentation: Healthy Eyes in the Modern Workplace (2023) – lay audience presentation of common age-related vision loss and ways to reduce eye strain and damage caused by today’s home and work computer, TV, phone and other screen activities.
Learn about preventing eye injury on- and off-duty by wearing proper eye protection
Military Vision Requirements
Learn about military vision requirements and disqualifiers
General Risks and Prevention Strategies
Learn about general risks and prevention strategies
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