Can I become a pilot if I am legally blind? (Myopia/nearsightedness)

That’s so funny I was literally watching an episode on air crash investigation of that plane crash seconds ago lol 😂

That’s wrong - I have astigmatism but according to BA, AA and Aeroflot I still am allowed to be a pilot.

I don’t see an answer on google.

Title 14: Aeronautics and Space
Subpart B—First-Class Airman Medical Certificate

§67.103 Eye.
Eye standards for a first-class airman medical certificate are:

(a) Distant visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses. If corrective lenses (spectacles or contact lenses) are necessary for 20/20 vision, the person may be eligible only on the condition that corrective lenses are worn while exercising the privileges of an airman certificate.

(b) Near vision of 20/40 or better, Snellen equivalent, at 16 inches in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses. If age 50 or older, near vision of 20/40 or better, Snellen equivalent, at both 16 inches and 32 inches in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses.

© Ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties.

(d) Normal fields of vision.

(e) No acute or chronic pathological condition of either eye or adnexa that interferes with the proper function of an eye, that may reasonably be expected to progress to that degree, or that may reasonably be expected to be aggravated by flying.

(f) Bifoveal fixation and vergence-phoria relationship sufficient to prevent a break in fusion under conditions that may reasonably be expected to occur in performing airman duties. Tests for the factors named in this paragraph are not required except for persons found to have more than 1 prism diopter of hyperphoria, 6 prism diopters of esophoria, or 6 prism diopters of exophoria. If any of these values are exceeded, the Federal Air Surgeon may require the person to be examined by a qualified eye specialist to determine if there is bifoveal fixation and an adequate vergence-phoria relationship. However, if otherwise eligible, the person is issued a medical certificate pending the results of the examination.


I have 20/20 too! 😉

In the US you can not legally possess a drivers license if you are legally blind, so i’m sorry to say but it may not be possible.

I’m 20/16, above average.

This is the Swiss Law by the FOCA (Federal Office of Civil Aviation)

You need to check with your licensing requirements. There are minimum requirement IIRC.

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From the CAA website on vision requirements (Class 2 medical, PPL) :

Eyesight requirements are listed at Class 2 Visual Standards. If you wear glasses or contact lenses it is important to take your last optician’s report along to the examination, alternatively, you can ask your ophthalmology specialist to complete an up-to-date Eye examination form. Distant visual acuity, with or without correction, shall be 6/12 or better in each eye separately and with both eyes shall be 6/9 or better.

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