(C.W. 36608.— 12.9.1918.)
Cases have been brought to notice of officers suffering from defective vision who have not taken the opportunity of being properly examined until the defect has become serious enough to interfere with the efficient performance of their duties owing to want of efficient remedies. For this reason, it is desirable to impress upon officers that it is in their own interests, as well as those of the Service, that their visual efficiency should be protected and conserved as far as possible.
Although the initiative must rest with the officers themselves, they should be
encouraged to apply for examination by the Ophthalmic Surgeon attached to the
Hospital Ship or Fleet in the event of their having any reason to suppose that their
vision is affected. In the case of small errors of refraction or other remediable
conditions, they should make use of such corrective appliances for reading and other
close work as may be compatible with the efficient performance of their duties.
Hitherto officers may have refrained from using glasses in the fear that such
use might prejudice their future, as being an indication that their eyesight renders
them less capable of performing their duties than formerly. Officers for whom
suitable glasses have been prescribed under the foregoing conditions need have
no fear that any such inference will be drawn from the fact of their wearing them.
2959/1918 Mechanicians, Chief Stokers, and Stoker Petty Officers
Periodical Eyesight Test.
(N. 38592.— 12.9.1918.)
Serious damage having been caused to the boilers of one of H.M. Ships due
to shortness of water, owing to the Chief Stoker in the boiler room being unable,
on account of defective eyesight, to see the level of the water in the gauge glasses,
arrangements are to be made to test the vision of all Mechanicians, Chief Stokers,
and Stoker Petty Officers who are over 40 years of age, to ascertain whether they
can read gauge glasses.
2. If they are unable to do so, the actual visual defect should be ascertained
in a Naval Hospital with a view to determining whether they can be retained for
other service not entailing the reading of these glasses, and the cases are to be
referred to the Admiralty for consideration.
3. The first test should be carried out now and every three years afterwards,
the result of the examination being noted on their Service Certificates.
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