Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Do You Need Perfect Vision to be an Airline Pilot?

Contrary to public opinion, an airline pilot can indeed have less than perfect vision. In fact, during the initial examination a candidate need only have 10/10 vision in each eye but can wear glasses or contact lenses during the test. The only restriction is that of the strength of the lenses.

There is a well-detailed body of regulations as well as cases of exclusion, such as individuals who have undergone certain eye surgeries susceptible to compromise safety.

Crew preflight by Mark Groover Crew preflight by Mark Groover

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