Vision Conservation and Readiness

 VCR Instruction Available

Last Updated: December 16, 2019

Staff members of the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Division from the Army Public Health Center are available to provide instruction on a variety of vision conservation and readiness topics either at your location, our location, or online. Available topics include:

  • Vision Conservation and Readiness Program Introduction
  • Occupational Vision Safety Standards
  • Military Vision Readiness
  • Physical Ocular Trauma
  • Chemical Ocular Trauma
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation Ocular Hazards
  • Environmental Vision Topics
  • Occupational Vision & Visual Performance
  • Local VCR Program Implementation
  • Site Surveys and Surveillance
  • VCR Program Lessons Learned & Recommendations

Other related topics can also be available if requested.  Please contact us to discuss your interests.



Our most comprehensive training program is the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Course (TSVCRC).   This year the course has been updated as stated in the article regarding that topic.  The course has been revised and is taught as an 11 hour live course only but still offers the requirements necessary for becoming the Vision Conservation and Readiness Officer (VCRO) at your site.  This course covers all elements of a Vision Conservation and Readiness Program (VCRP) with instruction concentrating on regulatory requirements and recommended practices to establish or enhance an installation vision conservation and readiness program.  The "team" aspect of coordinating safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and optometry personnel is emphasized.  Personnel completing this course may be able to receive Continuing Education credit, CEU for their Career Program and credit in the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS).

We are unable to travel to provide the course without funding from your site however remember that we can also provide site visits if you have an issue that you request assistance with.  

Registration for the courses usually open about one month prior.  Keep checking back to this site to determine if registration is open or contact us and we will attempt to notify you regarding a specific site.

We currently have scheduled only one session scheduled for FY 2020 and registration is now open:

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD - 3-4 June 2020 - NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR THIS SESSION ON 22 MAY 2020.                       To obtain additional information or to register CLICK HERE.     

Currently, we are initiating the development of an online course so that more personnel will have access to the information provided but the date of it becoming available is TBD.  More information regarding when it will be available will be posted on this page so keep checking here for updates.

Keep checking our website to determine the current status of the tentative courses.  To enroll or for more details regarding the TSVCR Course and information regarding upcoming scheduled courses (click here).  To get on a Waiting List, to inquire about having a course at your location, or for information regarding this course and regarding other training provided by the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program, Contact Us or go to the APHC Training Page and scroll to the Tri-Service Vision courses near the bottom of the page.


This is a two-part course that includes a site visit to provide assistance and to evaluate specific vision conservation requirements at that site and can also include up to a 4-hour course which is specifically tailored to meet the requesting organization’s requirements. The specific course topics can include fundamentals of vision, lighting and lighting requirements, color vision and occupational issues, vision screening and testing methods, and vision conservation program management. Additional topics can be included based on specific training requirements or needs. 

NOTE: This course is done at the requesting unit’s duty station and is scheduled to be accomplished within a single duty day.

SITE ASSIST VISIT: This is at least a 2-hour visit to requesting organization’s shop or site to assist, discuss and evaluate specific vision conservation requirements. The site visit can help to identify potential ocular hazards, analyze risk factors, and identify risk management solutions including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment (PPE). Discussions with the staff will also provide better understanding of specific requirements and tailoring of the 4-hour course. This will allow the site personnel to benefit fully from the lectures and discussions in the course.

4-HOUR COURSE: The course is designed to be flexible to meet the specific vision conservation requirements or needs of the requesting organization. Topics can include management practices to establish or enhance an organization’s vision conservation and readiness program, DoD vision conservation regulations and requirements, and DoD vision standards. Specific topics also include fundamentals of vision, lighting and lighting requirements, color vision and occupational issues, vision screening and testing methods, video display terminals, computer vision syndrome and ergonomics, night vision devices, mechanical/biological/chemical hazards, laser eye hazards and eye protection, and PPE.

For addition information, Contact Us or go to TSVCRSOSC Page.


To improve understanding and compliance with Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program initiatives, the TSVCR Division currently offers an online education and training module with topics that include basic optics, anatomy and physiology of the human eye, occupational vision, vision screening information, ocular urgencies and emergencies, radiant energy, lasers, and illumination. When completed as a stand-alone effort, the sole purpose of this training module is for personal education.   The TSVCR Division will NOT provide professional education credit whatsoever for individuals who complete this training at this time.                                                            

For more information, go to Online Training

OTHER TRAINING AVAILABLE FROM APHC:  For information regarding other training provided by APHC, click here.

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