The 1995 Aircrew Operational Vision Survey: Results, Analysis, and Recommendations.
Final rept. Oct 95-May 99,
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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The Visual Enhancement and Eye Protection, Integrated Product Team VEEP-IPT designed and distributed in early fiscal year 1996 the 1995 Aircrew Operational Vision Survey. This comprehensive, operationally relevant survey with 161 questions was sent to all 31,205 total force, rated, US Air Force aircrew members Active Duty, Air National Guard, Reserve. The survey included sections on general information, aircrew spectacles, contact lenses, clinic support, sunglasses, aircrew clear, sun, and high contrast visors, laser eye protection, night vision goggles, ballistic protective dustwind goggles, vision standards, and a section for written comments. The total force return rate was over 55 with 60 of Active Duty aircrew returning their surveys. Data from the 17,282 returned surveys are being used to define aircrew vision problems, prioritize mission deficiencies, validate user requirements, modify aeromedical policy, and establish valid research requirements. Included in this initial report are the results and analysis of responses from the returned surveys. Survey questions and the raw question by question results are included as Appendices 1 and 2. Selected data have been compiled and cross-correlated, and are found in Appendix 3. The data provide a cross-section of aircrew demographics and opinions, and highlight critical vision and safety issues. Each section has a summary of VEEP-IPT recommendations and recognition of safety of flight issues. Data are maintained in an accessible database at the Ophthalmology Branch at Brooks AFB, and efforts are under way to continue analysis and cross-correlation of the data, including 3400 hand written comments.
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