Contact lenses in military service

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Charles, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Just my curiosity here: Does anyone know whether contact lenses are
    allowed and/or widely used by U.S. combat troops, in Iraq for example?
    It seems like there could be great benefits to contacts over glasses,
    but also big drawbacks. Sand in the eyes could really put you out of
    business.

    Thinking about Iraq, I've noticed that our troops almost all wear
    sunglasses, as it must be incredibly bright there, but none of the
    locals do. Have the locals simply adapted to the bright environment
    somehow? Would their night vision have to suffer to make this
    possible, or do they just have better eyes?

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    Charles, Jul 16, 2006
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  2. Charles

    PPT33R Guest

    Contact lenses are widely used and worn by US military personnel. The
    principle restrictions come when you are dealing with full-face
    respiratory protection, such as the M-40 or MCU-2/P Chemical Protective
    Mask. The theory being that any particulates that are released from
    the carbon filter elements can embed themselves in the eye, rendering
    the individual combat-ineffective. Additionally, if unconscious, the
    medics may not know the casualty is wearing contacts.

    I find that all bunk. I am a vet of Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESTER
    STORM, NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE COMFORT, and NOBLE
    EAGLE; I have worn my contacts through sandstorms and other types of
    attacks. I can see much better, and believe my survivability is vastly
    improved due to the better vision provided by contact lenses.

    Most troops in the CENTCOM AOR now wear 'combat goggles' anyway to
    protect their eyes from debris. Most are ANSI impact-rated, so they
    also protect you from some secondary frag. One of my NCOs eyes were
    saved because he was wearing contacts - they allowed him to wear the
    old Gargoyle military sunglasses (high-impact resistant.) We kept them
    on the wall after the incident, with a piece of frag sticking through
    the lens - never got close to the eyeball...

    Anything that provides an individual the ability to wear superior eye
    protection (from UV and frag) is far better than the typical GI-issue
    traditional glasses (aka "Birth Control Glasses", because chicks will
    never get near a guy wearing them...)

    Combat vets tend to look at the regs a bit differently than REMFs,
    however...
     
    PPT33R, Jul 19, 2006
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  3. I thought after basic training you weren't required to use the Clark Kents
     
    Scott Seidman, Jul 19, 2006
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  4. Charles

    PPT33R Guest

    You're not, but any "Tricar" or issue product is not going to meet ANSI
    impact specs...
     
    PPT33R, Jul 19, 2006
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