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Can I become a pilot because of my lazy eye?
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 20:35

Hi Capt Lim,

I am thankful for the information given on your website. I would like to ask you a question.

I have got amblyopia or "lazy eye", that is, my right eye cannot see things clearly whereas my left eye see things perfectly. Can I be a pilot with this problem?

Thanks.

Max

Hi Max,

I am sorry to know that you have amblyopia (lazy eye). As I am not an eye specialist, I cannot give you any specific advice as to whether this would affect your hope of becoming a pilot. From what I have read in the Internet, amblyopia is an eye problem that causes poor vision in children. The problem starts, when the pathways of vision in the brain don't grow strong enough to carry vision messages from eye to brain. All babies are born with poor eyesight. As babies grow, their eyesight gets better. Good eyesight needs a clear, focused image that is the same in both eyes. If the image isn't clear in one eye, the vision pathways won't develop right and probably that was the reason why your right eye became "lazy".

Glasses are commonly prescribed to improve focusing or misalignment of the eyes. Surgery may be performed on the eye muscles to straighten the eyes if non-surgical means are unsuccessful. Surgery can help in the treatment of amblyopia by allowing the eyes to work together better. However, eye exercises are a limited form of treatment.

From what I know, if your right eye can be corrected to normal vision by glasses to 6/6 or 20/20, I don't see why you cannot become a pilot. Usually, if you want to get a PPL (Private Pilots License) the medical requirement is less stringent as compared to that of a military pilot. You can find out more from my links to FAA, especially on pilot medical requirements. Alternatively, consult an aviation medicine doctor or eye specialist for a more specific answer.

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I have got exactly the same problem, but you shouldn't worry about it.
Alex Wraith , 14 Apr, 2009
Lazy Eye
I am a Australian PPL holder with a lazy eye (left eye), my visual acuity in that eye is 6/18 (20/60) but my right eye is better than 20/20. In June I am relocating back to the UK and would like to convert to the JAA PPL but am concerned that I will have problems with the Class 2 medical, can you please provide some advice. Cheers, Mark
Mark , 09 Apr, 2010
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im in grade 11 and i dream about becoming a pilot.
Can you tell me how to get better eyesight, and some eye exercises and tips to keep my eyesight perfect for a comercial pilot, or anything else useful.
hammad , 07 Sep, 2010
about pilot course
I am very interested in the Pilot course..Do I need to get what results can join the driving course..In Malaysia, the price of the course is about how much??In Malaysia, some of which universities to read the course of the series??
Yong Sheng , 21 Dec, 2012
FAA
If you flying under FAA and have an amblyopia, they will do a medical test flight (or some kind called SODA, you should google it). You will fly and tested by FAA examiner, and if you passed all the test then you will get you class 1
Radityo , 15 Feb, 2014
Amblyopia - Lazy Eye
Hi ,

I have amblyopia (Lazy eye) as well. I live in india and have cleared my Class 1 Medical Examination.

I want to know weather airlines such as IndiGo, Jet airways etc also have a medical exam, and is there a possibility that they would reject me on this basis, although iam Class-1 Fit ??
amit , 10 Feb, 2016

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