Illinois State Police Merit Board
531 Sangamon Ave. East
Springfield, IL 62702
Pat Quinn, Governor
SYNOPSIS OF VISUAL STANDARDS
FOR ENTRANCE INTO
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ACADEMY
The following standards are provided to the doctors who administer the vision tests. If you have any questions or concerns with your vision, or suspect color blindness, we suggest you discuss these concerns with your personal doctor as the vision screening is one of the last steps in the selection process. You cannot be offered employment if you have certain forms and/or severity of color blindness or depth perception. A doctor's certification is required for corneal surgeries to certify there are no appreciable problems with glare six months after the surgery was performed.
Uncorrected visual sharpness, minimum of 20/40 with both eyes open using a typical Snellen opticon. Aided vision corrected to 20/20 with both eyes open.
Limitations on higher hyperopic corrections (farsighted).
Normal horizontal field, each eye.
Normal or mild anomalous trichromat (red - green deficiency) as defined by specific pseudoisochromatic plates.
50 seconds of arc or less on specific targets.
Prism dissociation and its recovery time.
Reduction of corrected binocular vision to no less than 20/70.
EYE HEALTH & HISTORY:
No pathology or condition which would impair performance or increase risk on the job, e.g. repair of detached retina; signs and symptoms of glaucoma; and lack of certification of specific months of stabilization following Radial Keratotomy, Laser PRK or ALK.
Radial Keratotomy/Photorefractive Keratectomy: Prior to application, recipients of the surgery are required to obtain from the surgeon or co-management professional evidence of stable non-fluctuating vision and no appreciable problem with glare at the six month period.
Lasik Surgery: Prior to application, recipients of the surgery are required to obtain from the surgeon or co-management professional evidence of stable non-fluctuating vision and no appreciable problem with glare at the five month period. If an enhancement procedure has or is to be performed, then the certification is to be extended an additional three months. The interval would begin the date of the last corneal procedure or enhancement.
Last updated 10/20/2006