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Can pilots wear glasses?

If you’re a commercial pilot or planning to become one in the UK and you don’t meet certain criteria, you may be ineligible to fly.

In order to fly with glasses or after receiving laser eye surgery, pilots need to meet certain standards that are set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA is responsible for regulating aviation within the UK. As part of this, they provide guidelines on how to become a pilot and what standards you need to meet. These guidelines include rules about contact lenses and glasses. Find out more here

If you meet the following criteria with or without correction, you have an excellent chance of passing the medical assessment:

  • At least 6/9 vision in each eye individually

  • 6/6 vision or better in both eyes combined.

  • Myopia must not exceed -6.0 dioptres

  • Astigmatism must not exceed 2.0 dioptres

  • Anisometropia must not exceed 2.0 dioptres and

  • Hypermetropia must not exceed 5.0 dioptres.

Whilst this covers the most common eyesight problems, there are many other conditions that can affect your ability to meet the standards. If you have any concerns about your eyesight, it’s best to discuss them with an optometrist before applying for a medical assessment.

However, if you can’t pass the rigorous UK Civil Aviation Authority standards for pilots, there is still hope for you to have a career in the skies, you will require further testing at an extra cost.

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