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Eye-threatment

Tue Jan 18, 2000 11:59 pm

I'm currently studieng aerospace technology and I would love to become a pilot, but there is one problem, at the moment my eyes aren't good enough, does anyone know if there is anything I can do about that, except for laser surgery cause that is a NoGo for pilots.

Regards Marco
 
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Eye Surgery

Wed Jan 19, 2000 1:01 am

That's unfortunate that, in the Netherlands, eye surgery is not allowed. Is that what you are saying? But how would they know?
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RE: Eye Surgery

Wed Jan 19, 2000 1:14 am

Just laser-surgery is not allowed, that's why I'm looking for other ways.

Regards Marco
 
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RE: Eye Surgery

Wed Jan 19, 2000 2:02 am

There are no other ways to correct eyesight, save for laser surgery. Again, I ask, how would they know?

Hmmmm...
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RE: Eye Surgery

Wed Jan 19, 2000 3:28 am

I guess they can see it can't they?

Regards Marco
 
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RE: Eye-threatment

Wed Jan 19, 2000 3:37 am

There's some change getting hired even if you have glasses, at least here in my country... it depend's on other skills and traits etc. but if you live in US then it might be another story
 
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United States Perspective

Wed Jan 19, 2000 4:19 am

According to the FAA you can wear glasses and contacts when flying for a major airline as long as your vision is correctable to 20/20.

Here in the US we aren't allowed to get LASIC b/c no one fully knows the long-term impact. There is some rumors that it causes one to see 'stars' at night and thus, night vision is impared. However, this is all speculation at this point. There is a new version of LASIC coming out sometime in the next few years and this should win FAA approval.

Basically what LASIC does is, using a laser, cuts a part of cornia to refocus the light. This is only available for nearsightness.

I hope this helps!

- Neil Harrison
 
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RE: Eye-threatment

Wed Jan 19, 2000 5:32 am

Whether an optometrist can see it or not, I don't know. The laser simply reshapes the cornea back to the curvature it should have by shaving off a microscopic amount of distorted growth that caused the short-sightness in the first place. I would be surprised if this shaving leaves any telltale marks visible to an optometrist
I know in Canada laser eye surgery is recommended to anyone seeking employment in fields that require 20/20, such as police officer, fireman, pilot. So I guess it is not your eyes that are ruining your dreams, but rather your country's policy.

Hmmmm...
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RE: Eye-threatment

Wed Jan 19, 2000 11:27 am

Hi!! I'm from Vancouver, Canada, and I got PRK laser surgery in Dec. 97. I got PRK instead of LASIK because LASIK has some more potential side-effects, but faster healing. I couldn't get even a CAT 3 medical(private) before. I had a prescription of 6.50 in each eye before(less that 20/200, couldn't see the big E on the top of the eye chart) and now have 20/15, so I can see below the 20/20 line. Just a bit of improvement!!!! Anyhow, I can seek employment in Canada, except the Air Force wouldn't take me, but I didn't want to go that route anyway. I would say "Go for it!!", because your country's rules may change. If not, it sure is worth not having the hassle of glasses or contacts! Just for the record, Canada requires 6 months after the surgery to get a CAT 3 medical, and 12 months for a CAT 1(commercial) medical. Good luck!!! Glen.
 
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Wed Jan 19, 2000 5:31 pm

Thank you all, you gave me back my hope, I just have to try it in another country, probably Canada and from there on I'll see further.

Thank you, Regards Marco Blauwhof.
 
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RE: Eye-threatment

Wed Jan 19, 2000 10:03 pm

Marco - I sympathise with you. Just the other day - in fact my birthday - I was getting a new pair of glasses fitted and had to have a normal eyesight test. The test showed that the retina in my right eye is stretching and therefore I am at mild risk of it becoming detatched. I was just about to start my pilot training - definitely PPL, with a view to becoming commercial. At worst I will have to have my retina laser-pinned back into position.

The optician didn't think that my eyesight would be good enough for a UK Commercial licence - I wear contacts as I am -6.25 in the left and -4.5 in the right. I contacted the CAA medical office who confirmed that my eyesight was not good enough for them. However they did say that I would be eligible for a US or Australian Commercial Licence - which seemed crazy. In theory I could get a job working for a US/Oz airline with my current prescription, but be based here in London. Apparently the JAA eyesight rules are going to be reassessed over the next 2 years - hopefully they will be brought into line with the rest of the world and let those of us who dream of flying airliners actually get to do it.

As you can imagine - it wasn't my best birthday! Seeing an eye specialist this Saturday so fingers crossed.

Tim
 
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RE: Eye-threatment

Thu Jan 20, 2000 1:44 am

So wait a second - if you live in the US and your eyesight is correctable to 20/20 you could get your commercial license? My eyes are -4.25 and -3.75 (corrected to 20/20 when I wear glasses, 20/40 when I wear contacts), but I have slight astigmatism, also (which is corrected when I wear my glasses). Would this be a problem?
 
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RE: Eye-threatment

Thu Jan 20, 2000 4:35 am

Can aspiring airline pilots, like myself, get PMK (or whatever it's called) and not hurt our career aspects?

I know that us pilots aren't allowed to take Viagra prior to flying b/c it impares our vision (I think it causes colorblindness to red, yellow, and green).

Thanx!

- Neil Harrison

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