Vision Requirements

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 https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/standards/

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.”

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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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Thanks.

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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From what I remember, it is definitely possible but your medical condition has to be approved by an ophthalmologist as you said. Here is the official text about that one:

"An applicant may be assessed as fit with:
(i) hypermetropia not exceeding +5.0 dioptres;
(ii) myopia exceeding –6.0 dioptres;
(iii) astigmatism exceeding 2.0 dioptres;
(iv) anisometropia exceeding 2.0 dioptres
provided that optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology is demonstrated.
(4) If anisometropia exceeds 3.0 dioptres, contact lenses should be worn.
(5) If the refractive error is +3.0 to +5.0 or –3.0 to –6.0 dioptres, there is astigmatism or anisometropia of more than 2 dioptres but less than 3 dioptres, a review should be undertaken 5 yearly by an eye specialist.
(6) If the refractive error is greater than –6.0 dioptres, there is more than 3.0 dioptres of astigmatism or anisometropia exceeds 3.0 dioptres, a review should be undertaken 2 yearly by an eye specialist.
(7) In cases (5) and (6) above, the applicant should supply the eye specialist’s report to the AME. The report should be forwarded to the licensing authority as part of the medical examination report. All abnormal and doubtful cases should be referred to an ophthalmologist.

An applicant with acquired substandard vision in one eye may be assessed as fit with a multi-pilot limitation if:
(i) the better eye achieves distant visual acuity of 6/6 (1.0), corrected or uncorrected;
(ii) the better eye achieves intermediate visual acuity of N14 and N5 for near;
(iii) in the case of acute loss of vision in one eye, a period of adaptation time has passed from the known point of visual loss, during which the applicant should be assessed as unfit;
(iv) there is no significant ocular pathology; and
(v) a medical flight test is satisfactory."

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