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Class 1 Medical - Eyesight

Old 26th Apr 2024, 09:55
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Class 1 Medical - Eyesight

Hi all,

I'm booked in for my Class 1 Medical in three weeks and I'm equal parts excited and nervous. All should be good, my only worry is I've high myopia (-8.5 and -7.5) but corrected to 1.2 acuity in each eye. I know this high myopia usually results in being "referred to the medical assessor of the licensing authority and may be assessed as fit subject to a satisfactory ophthalmological evaluation" so hopefully all is well as according to my ophthalmologist I've healthy eyes!

Just curious if any other pilots have been through this process of being referred and if there are any issues I should be aware of?
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Old 1st May 2024, 01:53
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Don't sweat it man, I'm sure it'll be fine! I know a few other pilots who had similar issues with their eyesight and they all ended up getting their medical cert no problem. As long as your optometrist gives you a clean bill of health then I can't see why the assessor wouldn't be satisfied. Just be honest about your prescription and exam results and emphasize that your eyes are healthy otherwise. They're mainly concerned about any underlying conditions or risks, not just your prescription numbers. Trust the doc's assessment.
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Had my initial UK medical failed based on eyesight, saying I was outside limits, which I challenged. So they said get 3 independent eye tests. So I did.
Then had to have a eye exam with the medical unit at Gatwick.
Turns out they were misreading the loop of the original handwriting and seeing a 6 instead of a 0.
Ironic.
I refused to pay the Gatwick medical fee they gave to me and walked out.
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Originally Posted by Miles2Go
Don't sweat it man, I'm sure it'll be fine! I know a few other pilots who had similar issues with their eyesight and they all ended up getting their medical cert no problem. As long as your optometrist gives you a clean bill of health then I can't see why the assessor wouldn't be satisfied. Just be honest about your prescription and exam results and emphasize that your eyes are healthy otherwise. They're mainly concerned about any underlying conditions or risks, not just your prescription numbers. Trust the doc's assessment.
Cheers thanks! Yeah that's what I thought too. But you know with these things coming up and just having nerves haha.
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