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The fundamental information in this review has been compiled on request of the American Committee on Optics and Visual Physiology. Its purposes are (1) to help ophthalmic military examiners quickly find desired information ; (2) to promote, especially among ophthalmologists, a better understanding of current military regulations concerning visual function, and (3) to help those interested obtain supplementary information through authoritative publications and keep informed concerning changes in pertinent regulations.
Only if ophthalmologists have the correct information themselves can they approach intelligently the many questions asked them by their patients regarding the ophthalmic requirements of the military services. Also, compilations of this kind will tend to standardize visual requirements in all branches of the service. Through them, slight ambiguities and inconsistencies can be more easily avoided.
For each branch of the service—Selective Service, Army, Navy, etc.—section 1 of the compilation is devoted to minimum requirements, section 2 includes qualifying and
BAHN CA. OPHTHALMIC REQUIREMENTS OF THE MILITARY SERVICES. Arch Ophthalmol. 1942;27(6):1202–1213. doi:10.1001/archopht.1942.00880060178014