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    I have a question about becoming a firefighter.
    I am blind in my right eye but I have perfect vision in my left eye. My left eye gained more ever since I loss my vision in my right eye.
    Can I still become a firefighter?


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    I think it is very unlikely. I know you will fail medical if your color blind. But I could be wrong. Check with the departments your interested in working with. That is what I would do.
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    Ok I was wrong I can see color and I am not fully blind in my right eye I can see out of it but it is very blurry. Color wise I am not blind.
    Also I live in Las Vegas NV

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    Well good luck if you plan to apply with Vegas, they have a large department and like all departments it is competitive to get on even more so being a big city that sees a lot of action. Having something like that while may not directly disqualify you will definately raise a red flag and you will probably be passed over. Don't let it kill your dream but also know it is not going to be easy.

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    Remember, some departments don't make you take a physical or medical exam. If my department required it, half of our full timers would fail. If someone on my dept were to be partially blind, color blind, or anything like that, no one would know. I understand that this isn't the best thing for our dept, but that's just how it is.
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    One more thing... Have you ever thought of getting a single contact for your blurry eye? If you could do that, you'd be golden.
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    Do not be discouraged.

    First there are things available to adults that are not available to still growing young adults. I had problems at a young age and the opthamalogist would not do anything until I was 19.

    Possibly there are many options out there for you. Do you have a problem with your retina? lense? vitreous fluid? cornea?.

    If it is one of the latter three then there are many procedures that can be done to fix your problem, i.e. vitreous can be removed, lenses can be removed and repalced, cornea's can be transplanted, retinas are a bit tricker and tend to involve laser surgery. Have you seen a specialist? I am not talking a regular eye doctor. There are many eye specialist out there. If you have the means I would try and setup an appointment with a retinologist or a opthamologist (not an optometrist). They can be expensive if you do not have insurance. If you do not have insurance, go to their office and explain your situation, they still may help in some way.

    Good luck!

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