Mh772 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3075 times:
I've seen that most airlines require corrected 20/20 vision to be able to fly as one of their pilots. I have also heard that they do put on limits, to how bad your true level of eyesight could be, which is usually 20/50 or 6/60. My question is what is the difference between the 20/50 eye grading system and the 6/60 eye grading system??? also which countries uses this 60/60 eyesight grading system??? Thanks for anybody who can fill me in on this.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2976 times:
Dear Mh772 -
Suggest you ask our friend Mirrodie about that subject...
He occasionally visits Tech.Ops forum...
But maybe send him a note that you have this question in Tech.Ops...
YoungDon From United States of America, joined May 2001, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2575 times:
I noticed that this is a very old thread, but it directly references a concern I have.
I am a flight student and I'm about to start flying, but Im concerned about a comment my instructor said about eyesight. He said that while you must be corrected to 20/20 to pass the first class medical exam (which I have already passed), some airlines place limits on how bad your uncorrected vision can be. I know that both of my eyes are -6.00, which is pretty poor uncorrected vision. Is this unacceptable to the airlines?
Jutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
I believe that as long as you have no other problems with your eyes ei. color, it does not matter how bad they are in measure of strength.
However, one thing you do have to consider is, that the airline will look at your vision and perhaps pass you for a job. If both applicants are equally qualified, they might use this as a tie breaker, so to speak.
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
I would like to ask this for myself: I am extremely nearsighted. If I hold my hand up in front of my face, I can see it clearly up to about 4 inches from my face. Farther than that and my vision starts to degrade. Of course, it has been corrected to 20/20 with a good pair of glasses. It is my ultimate desire to fly widebody aircraft for a major airline. As a pilot, how far along the road can I get with my current vision? And eyesight wise, what are my options?
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
Quoting Jeffry747 (Reply 7): As a pilot, how far along the road can I get with my current vision?
I am not a doctor, but I do need correction for my nearsightedness. As far as I have been able to determine, as long as your vision is correctable to 20/20, you will have no trouble passing a FAA 1st Class medical exam.
This is a link to Canadian medical standards for commercial, private, and glider licences, and ultralight permits. For vision, a commercial pilot needs to have a correction factor of no more than +/- 3.00 diopters. For a private licence, it's 5.
Once you have received your licence, your eyes are allowed to deteriorate somewhat. It's not on the site, but I know this because it happened to me. My eyes dropped to -7, and are now about -5.5.
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