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Police Recruit / Officer Vision Standards

Eye glasses on eye chartPlease read the following information to ensure that you meet the minimum vision standards. San Jose Police Department vision standards are based on California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) guidelines. If you need more detailed information, please call Medical Services at (408) 794-1250.

No Correction Needed:

  • Better Eye 20/20
  • Worse Eye 20/40

Glasses or Scleral Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses:

Corrected vision

  • Better Eye 20/20
  • Weaker Eye 20/40

Uncorrected vision

  • 20/40 for each eye

Soft Contact Lenses:

Use of soft contacts less than 6 months

Corrected vision

  • Better Eye 20/20
  • Weaker Eye 20/40

Uncorrected vision

  • 20/40 for each eye

Use of soft contacts greater than 6 months

Corrected vision

  • Better Eye 20/20
  • Weaker Eye 20/40

Uncorrected vision

  • None

Orthokeratology:

  • Orthokeratology is not an acceptable method of vision correction and must have been discontinued for at least 12 months prior to examination.

Refractive Surgical Procedures:

Lasik, Lasek, PKR, Intrastromal Corneal Rings, and Phakic Intraocular Lens Implant

  • All post-op records must be submitted for review.
  • Written certification required from ophthalmologist stating that vision is stable and that there were no significant postoperative complications.
  • Reevaluation will be required for those candidates who had significant postoperative problems.
  • Radial Keratotomy (RK) -Candidates contemplating RK surgery are strongly encouraged to investigate newer laser refractive surgery techniques. Protective eyewear should be worn by officers who have had RK.

Color Vision Deficiency:

  • Candidates with very mild or mild color vision deficiency that have sufficient color identification and color discrimination may be acceptable.
  • Greater degrees of color vision deficiency are unacceptable.
  • Use of rose-colored lenses (e.g. “X-Chrom”) is not permitted during testing.

Other Visual Functions:

  • Visual Field Deficiency will be evaluated and may limit a candidate from duty.
  • Candidate with a history of strabismus or lazy eye may be referred to vision specialist for further evaluation.
  • Contrast Sensitivity, Low Light Acuity and Glare Conditions may be referred to vision specialist for further evaluation
Rev. 12/16

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