Can you Wear Glases and be a Pilot?

Can you wear glasses and be a pilot?

Yes, you can wear glasses and be both an airline pilot and a military pilot, you don’t need to have perfect vision. There are a lot of pilots who fly commercial jets and wear prescription glasses, it’s usually not prohibitive. However, you must have a certain minimum level of vision which is assessed during your initial pilot medical and this continues throughout your career.

Minimum standards of sight vary from country to country, so if in doubt you should contact a Certified Medical Examiner (AME) in the country in which you are planning your flight training.

The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority indicate the following:

An applicant may be found fit with hyperopia not exceeding +5.0 diopters, myopia not exceeding -6.0 diopters, astigmatism not exceeding 2.0 diopters and anisometropia not exceeding 2.0 diopters, at provided that an optimal correction has been considered and that no significant pathology is demonstrated. Monocular visual acuities should be 6/6 or better.

“Distance visual acuity, with or without correction, should be 6/9 or better monocular and 6/6 or better binocular.

Initial applicants who do not meet these requirements should be referred to the licensing authority. A fit assessment may be considered after examination by an ophthalmologist.

You will need a comprehensive eye examination at your initial evaluation, then every 5 years until your 40th birthday, then every 2 years.

Reference: Eye examination form UK CAA MED.B.070.