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Hey everyone.  I was just wondering.  What happens if you wear contact lenses or glasses and have to get sprayed in the academy?  If you wear contacts or glasses, you probably want to take them off because the contacts will get ruined.  But after getting sprayed, there is some kind of scenario after.  Wouldn't it be harder to see because not only will you burn from the spray but you won't be able to see without your contacts or glasses?  I wear contacts and wil find out if I've made into the academy in the next couple of weeks.  If I get accepted, I think I'm going to get laser surgery for my eyes.  Even if there isn't a pepper spray excercis, I would still get the surgery.  As people wearing contacts or glasses know, contacts shift around and glasses can be knocked off.  What are everyone's opinions?  The Doctor.

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They won't let you get the OC training here for 3 months after laser surgery.  They will defer you if you are a successful candidate until you have cleared that time frame.  This is only the policy of our agency though.  Best to check with the Agency you are applying at.

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jvink says ...



They won't let you get the OC training here for 3 months after laser surgery.  They will defer you if you are a successful candidate until you have cleared that time frame.  This is only the policy of our agency though.  Best to check with the Agency you are applying at.



My background investigator said he will let me know in the first week of July if i'm in.  He said the academy starts in October.  Not sure what the laser surgery time frame is but if it's 3 months, I will be cutting it close.

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jvink says ...



They won't let you get the OC training here for 3 months after laser surgery.  They will defer you if you are a successful candidate until you have cleared that time frame.  This is only the policy of our agency though.  Best to check with the Agency you are applying at.



You might slide depending on when the OC training is, like jvink says you have to be recovered, but in our academy the OC training is week 12 of 22 so you might be ok but I would definitely say take them out before the spraying.


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Best of luck.  It would be best to remove them.  If you can pry your eyes open to find your target for whatever drills you have then you won't be able to see very well anyway.  If you have the surgery before the Academy then you should be fine.

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jvink says ...



Best of luck.



Thank you.   When I first started posting on this site, I stepped on a couple of the veteran poster's toes.  I have since learned that most of the long time posters on this site are trying to help.  The Doctor.

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Not so very long ago, I donated the entire contents of my pepper spray canister to a local perp.  It seemed he thought I'd given him too much and at some point during the encounter, he returned some of it to me.  He was a robbery perp and didn't really cotton to the idea of going peacefully so I ended up in a lengthy foot pursuit.  I finally took him into custody when he collapsed from exhaustion.   I had no back up during the entire encounter.  I wear contacts.  It was no fun having OC in my eyes during this incident but I overcame it, had the fire department decon me with water and I finished the shift and the contact was fine.    If you get OC on a contact, perservere until you can get it rinsed off.  If you put it back in your eye and it burns, you didn't rinse very well. 


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Georgia_Cop says ...



Not so very long ago, I donated the entire contents of my pepper spray canister to a local perp.  It seemed he thought I'd given him too much and at some point during the encounter, he returned some of it to me.  He was a robbery perp and didn't really cotton to the idea of going peacefully so I ended up in a lengthy foot pursuit.  I finally took him into custody when he collapsed from exhaustion.   I had no back up during the entire encounter.  I wear contacts.  It was no fun having OC in my eyes during this incident but I overcame it, had the fire department decon me with water and I finished the shift and the contact was fine.    If you get OC on a contact, perservere until you can get it rinsed off.  If you put it back in your eye and it burns, you didn't rinse very well. 



I'm worried about getting OC on my contacts because OC is the oil of pepper and oil or grease is impossible to get out of soft contacts.

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Ours is water based.   It rinsed off fine.   The oil based stuff sucks. 


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