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    So, I've applied for civil engineering but I'm sorta worried that with my eyesight the career may not be suitable. Especially for the specialisations that I think will be interesting, say water, geotech and structural all seem pretty good.

    About my sight is that I see very little out of my right eye. I'm not blind though, my good eye is well good but like I don't have binocular vision. Day to day activities and my academic ability are fine but I think my sight will perhaps mean I should rethink my career choice. What do y'all say?
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    Erm, it will depend if you can use a level properly or not. Really you need to have a natter with a construction company or Civ Eng Dept
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    It's the 3-D thing I think will be the problem, if there is any.

    My dad is blind in one eye, and he can't see anything 3-D, but maybe it doesn't work like that with modelling software and stuff.
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    (Original post by Ice_Queen)
    It's the 3-D thing I think will be the problem, if there is any.

    My dad is blind in one eye, and he can't see anything 3-D, but maybe it doesn't work like that with modelling software and stuff.
    yeah depth perception doesn't exist for me so I can't see in 3D.

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    (Original post by crofy)
    yeah depth perception doesn't exist for me so I can't see in 3D.

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    Out of optometric interest: amblyopia?

    Also, do you not have any 3D vision or do you lack stereoscopic vision?
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    Out of optometric interest: amblyopia?

    Also, do you not have any 3D vision or do you lack stereoscopic vision?
    Early onset nystagmus is what I have so I guess it's that I lack stereoscopic vision.
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    (Original post by crofy)
    So, I've applied for civil engineering but I'm sorta worried that with my eyesight the career may not be suitable. Especially for the specialisations that I think will be interesting, say water, geotech and structural all seem pretty good.

    About my sight is that I see very little out of my right eye. I'm not blind though, my good eye is well good but like I don't have binocular vision. Day to day activities and my academic ability are fine but I think my sight will perhaps mean I should rethink my career choice. What do y'all say?
    I can't immediately think of anything that you need to have two good eyes for - bluenoxid mentioned the level but it may depend on the type as I seem to remember levelling as being a one-eyed activity!

    What does matter in engineering in general is your spatial reasoning ability, so your ability to imagine what you see in three dimensions. I don't actually think that depth perception helps much with this as drawings and photos are presented on computer screens or on paper where you don't get depth perception anyway. Though I am guessing certain site jobs, particularly those which might involve judging distances, might be awkward, so perhaps it might be sensible to aim towards a career in consulting rather than contracting?
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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    I can't immediately think of anything that you need to have two good eyes for - bluenoxid mentioned the level but it may depend on the type as I seem to remember levelling as being a one-eyed activity!

    What does matter in engineering in general is your spatial reasoning ability, so your ability to imagine what you see in three dimensions. I don't actually think that depth perception helps much with this as drawings and photos are presented on computer screens or on paper where you don't get depth perception anyway. Though I am guessing certain site jobs, particularly those which might involve judging distances, might be awkward, so perhaps it might be sensible to aim towards a career in consulting rather than contracting?
    Sounds good. I'd say I have spatial reasoning aptitude. I guess my main concern is on-site activities. A job description I came across that noted eyesight requirements for the role is what worried me. I'm guessing now these requirements are just generic nothing job specific as I've since Googled.
    Still I can't say I'm 100pct sure though.
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    (Original post by bluenoxid)
    Erm, it will depend if you can use a level properly or not. Really you need to have a natter with a construction company or Civ Eng Dept
    I can use a level. and hmm yeh I guess.
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    (Original post by crofy)
    So, I've applied for civil engineering but I'm sorta worried that with my eyesight the career may not be suitable. Especially for the specialisations that I think will be interesting, say water, geotech and structural all seem pretty good.

    About my sight is that I see very little out of my right eye. I'm not blind though, my good eye is well good but like I don't have binocular vision. Day to day activities and my academic ability are fine but I think my sight will perhaps mean I should rethink my career choice. What do y'all say?
    my sister and i have nystagmus and she is currently doing engineering I dont think itd hold you back that much x
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    For surveying and similar applications, you just use your good eye. You don't use both eyes to look through the sight.

    However, you would be severely restricted in contracting work due to Health and Safety in the UK. I personally couldn't allow you to walk around a site unsupervised (defeating the purpose of working for a contractor since you always need a partner) since you may have trouble spotting certain hazards. You'll have no problem working in the office though (consulting works).

    EDIT: I just noticed this is a really old thread. Thanks above poster.
 
 
 
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