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Old 09-22-2014, 05:38 AM
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For my entire life I have had 20-20 vision however I am know in my mid 50's and I am noticing the small print starting to get harder to read. What are the rules on vision with regard to passing a third class.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:43 AM
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The worst thing is that you may have a notation on your medical that you need to be wearing corrective lenses while exercising your class priviledges. No big deal.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:48 AM
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Thanks,

My curiosity is at what point is it an issue if my vision continues to get worse over the next several years.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:58 AM
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?67.303 Eye.

Eye standards for a third-class airman medical certificate are:

(a) Distant visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses. If corrective lenses (spectacles or contact lenses) are necessary for 20/40 vision, the person may be eligible only on the condition that corrective lenses are worn while exercising the privileges of an airman certificate.

(b) Near vision of 20/40 or better, Snellen equivalent, at 16 inches in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses.

(c) Ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties.

(d) No acute or chronic pathological condition of either eye or adnexa that interferes with the proper function of an eye, that may reasonably be expected to progress to that degree, or that may reasonably be expected to be aggravated by flying.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:00 AM
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Thanks Dan. That helps

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Old 09-22-2014, 06:04 AM
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Pat,

My suggestion is to get a copy of the vision requirements and give them to your regular ophthalmologist. He/She can tell you how close to the test minimums you are adn give you options.

I've worn glasses most of my life and like you am seeing some changes now that I've passed the half-century mark. My eye doctor knows the requirements for the AME exam. So, she keeps those details in me chart and we discuss options for both my "day to day" needs and my flying needs.

This way, there are no surprises when I go for my flight medical.
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:08 AM
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Sounds like presbyopia. You'll need reading glasses. Welcome to the club; you are officially growing older.
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:15 AM
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For my entire life I have had 20-20 vision however I am know in my mid 50's and I am noticing the small print starting to get harder to read. What are the rules on vision with regard to passing a third class.

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I used to be able to read what was written on the "Wright Flyer" struts on our license!

I often wonder how I would have built needing glasses.

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Old 09-22-2014, 07:16 AM
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I went the other direction. Been wearing glasses since the 4th grade (1953).
Had "Crystalens" implanted November of 2012. No glasses since. FANTASTIC!
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:32 AM
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Just this weekend I finally reached the point where I needed a pair of reading glasses to be able to read the numbers on a DB connector while doing wiring. I know what that means for me in the next few years...
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