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The Aerospace Optometry (AsO) program began in June 1989 when Navy Optometrist then-LCDR Michael Mittelman received his aeromedical "wings of gold." The Aerospace Optometry curriculum parallels the other aeromedical officer programs, with additional training that is specific to clinical eye care and vision science. The other members of the aeromedical officer team members include: Flight Surgeons (FS), Aerospace and Operational Physiologists (AOP), Aerospace Experimental Psychologists (AEP) and Aerospace Physician Assistants (APA).
The Aerospace Optometrist Program demands excellent physical conditioning, especially to meet water survival and other aviation physiology requirements. Students must be able to stay afloat while wearing survival gear, as well as swim one mile in a flight suit while utilizing the survival strokes learned during training. For those individuals whose swimming skills are weak, prior training is highly recommended. Waivers for a lack of water survival skills are not approved. The applicant must be in good overall health with a benign medical history.
NAMI Aerospace Optometry Department: 850-452-3222
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
7700 Arlington Blvd. Ste. 5113 Falls Church, VA 22042-5113
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