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Vision ready, mission ready

By Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer | 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Oct. 31, 2017


Staying fit to fight is important for all service members, and it has many parts to it, including one that may be overlooked, eye health.

From the pilots and air crew, who fly and maintain the fighter jets that soar the skies, to the defenders who operate weapons and verify credentials at the gate, all Airmen need healthy vision to support the U.S. Air Force’s missions.

At the Langley Air Force Base Optometry Clinic, a five-person team helps maintain eye care for Joint Base Langley-Eustis Airmen.

“It is recommended to get an eye exam annually,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jonghwan Kim, 633rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry NCO in charge. “Early detection is key to treating most eye diseases. For those wearing glasses, update your prescription annually as part of your readiness.”

The team at the Optometry Clinic is dedicated to making sure Airmen have 20/20 vision whether it be by corrective lenses, contacts or eye surgery. According to Kim, any personnel ready to deploy should take the proper measures to make sure they are able to see 100 percent clear in the combat zone.

he team sees about 15 patients a day per optometrist. If a patient isn’t able to see 20/20, they check to see if their eyesight can be corrected to 20/20 with glasses.

During an eye exam, the technicians and optometrists check general ocular health, field of vision and color vision.

“We do everything we can to make sure the patient gets the best possible service that we can give,” said Charlie Felix, 633rd AMDS Red Cross volunteer. “We’ll take the extra step to make sure their eye health is in great condition and they’re happy.”

Every active duty Airman is entitled to one eye exam a year and issued two pairs of glasses with their prescription. While preparing to deploy, Airmen are also issued gas mask inserts and ballistic eyewear inserts.

Should a pair of glasses not fit properly, adjustments and orders, with a current prescription, are made on a walk-in basis. If military issued glasses break, Airmen are also reissued a new pair.

In addition to taking advantage of these offered services, the Optometry Clinic recommends members take the following precautions to care for their eyes:

- While outside, wear sunglasses with UV protection.

- Be sure to get an eye exam annually.

- Wear your prescribed pair of glasses. If it’s a new prescription, wear them two hours daily for two weeks to let your eyes adjust.

- If your eyes aren’t adjusting to a new prescription, be sure to make another appointment with the clinic to fix it.

For more information on eye health contact the Langley Optometry Clinic at 764-6973.




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