Vision Requirements

I honestly don’t know that. But I know you can get a restricted medical if you only have minor problems (vision…).


14 and -7 in both eyes :/

As a few have said, go to an ame. Request to get your 1St class medical done. That will get you commercially cleared for now.

Like other said, go visit a local AME. They can be found on the FAA website under “find AMEs near me” I think. Shouldn’t be too hard. I too wear glasses and it hasn’t been a problem.

I’m - 14 in each eye.

Check here…


Is it possible to have a -14 correction ? I’ve never heard about that :/

I’m pretty sure you can have 20/20 corrected vision. I wear glasses and have 20/20 with them on

Couldn’t you get laser eye surgery?

It’s not recommend at all ! This is what a pilot of Swiss told me…

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I’m 20-20 with my glasses on

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Are you sure you’ve read your prescription right!? That’s incredibly, incredibly myopic

As he said, it’s not recommended. I don’t know the exact policy concerning those but I do know a few guys whose dreams were crushed because of eye surgeries. I have yet to hear a happy-ending (aviation related of course) laser surgery story.

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This is the page you need to look at

In the US I believe as long as it is corrected to 20/20 you should be fine.

This is not correct. You can hold a class 1 medical EASA licence with eyesight worse than -6.0 in both eyes. I know because I do.

This is the official text concerning vision requirements in Europe:

“(1) At initial examination an applicant may be assessed as fit with:
(i) hypermetropia not exceeding +5.0 dioptres;
(ii) myopia not exceeding –6.0 dioptres;
(iii) astigmatism not exceeding 2.0 dioptres;
(iv) anisometropia not exceeding 2.0 dioptres
provided that optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology is demonstrated.”

And here is the official one concerning eye surgery:

“(i) Eye surgery
The assessment after eye surgery should include an ophthalmological examination.
(1) After refractive surgery, a fit assessment may be considered, provided that:
(i) pre-operative refraction was not greater than +5 dioptres;
(ii) post-operative stability of refraction has been achieved (less than 0.75 dioptres variation diurnally);
(iii) examination of the eye shows no post-operative complications;
(iv) glare sensitivity is within normal standards;
(v) mesopic contrast sensitivity is not impaired;
(vi) review is undertaken by an eye specialist.
(2) Cataract surgery entails unfitness. A fit assessment may be considered after 3 months.
(3) Retinal surgery entails unfitness. A fit assessment may be considered 6 months after successful surgery. A fit assessment may be acceptable earlier after retinal laser therapy. Follow-up may be required.
(4) Glaucoma surgery entails unfitness. A fit assessment may be considered 6 months after successful surgery. Follow-up may be required.
(5) For (2), (3) and (4) above, a fit assessment may be considered earlier if recovery is complete.”


Thanks I do know what it says.

You can get a class 1 with eyesight worse than -6.0 which is corrected by eyeglasses. As I said I have worse than -6.0 and hold a valid EASA class 1. All it means is if you are worse than -6.0 you have a few more tests by an ophthalmologist at the initial to ensure there are no underlying conditions. The ophthalmologist tests don’t happen every year, and at the annual revalidation you may not need any eye tests to continue keeping your licence. - I didn’t need any eye tests this year but I am due an eye test before next revalidation so when I have that I will bring it with me next year to show the AME and to show I have a new eye glasses prescription if needed.

Check with whatever you’re applying for.

For example, I’m still under Singapore Airline’s limit of 500˚ myopia but I might reach the limit of 200˚ astigmatism.

You may, but some others may not. This wasn’t aimed at you specifically… I just think an extract from the official text is worth more than personal stories.

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Just to clarify, the personal story was to correct a comment upthread which suggested you could not get a EASA class 1 with eyesight worse than -6.0. I specifically put the personal story in to show that I know what I am talking about and not simply reading what is on the website which may give the impression you can’t get a class 1 with eyesight worse than -6.0.

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