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Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:06 am
by ProPilot275
I've an ambitious to be the pilot in the future, however, my dad said that I couldn't be the pilot because I'm myopic. However, I see many myopic pilot so... could I be the pilot if I'm myopic??? ;)

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 12:10 pm
by Mallet
It's been a while since I had my flight physical, but I'm pretty sure you can fly airlines as long as it's not too bad. and corrected.

As for fighter pilot... sorry. Maybe in Sweden, but in the US you need perfect eyesight to start training.

-At least, that's what I've been told.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 1:47 pm
by Flake
If it can't be fixed with laser surgery than no. Pilots are required to see very long distances to be able to look out for other traffic. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:37 pm
by Gunny
All I can speak for is the United States.To be a civilian pilot you can wear glasses as long as they correct your eyesight to 20/20.That include recreation,private and ATP pilots.But fighter pilots have much higher vision requirements than other pilots.It must be 20/20 or better with out correction.But lazer eye surgery correction does not guarantee a combat pilot slot.The final word is with the flight surgeon at your induction center physical.But do not get to discouraged when I was a kid I was crestfallen to when I was informed I could never be a fighter jock because I needed glasses.But the urge to fly outweighed my initial disappointment and I went on to learn to fly anyway.Don't let this temporary setback keep you out of the sky's.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:54 pm
by Neocon
This is what happens when the two-eyed peasants write the rules based on their jealousy of superior beings with corrective lenses.

Four eyes of the world, UNITE!

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:32 pm
by Zack
Well i hope your vision is not too bad to were it cant be corrected

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 2:53 am
by Airbourne
I was actually trying to go for the fighter pilot slot in the Air Force through ROTC. I went pretty far until I decided to quit due to the immense amount of stress. Nonetheless, here are the requirements to be a pilot in the Air Force (not sure about Navy, Marines, etc.):
PILOT:
- Normal color vision
- Distant vision: uncorrected 20/200, but corrected to 20/20
- Near vision: uncorrected 20/40, but corrected to 20/20
- Note: Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier.
- Meet refraction, accommodation and astigmatism requirements
- Have no history of hay fever, asthma or allergies after age 12
- Meet Air Force weight and physical conditioning requirements
- Have standing height of 64 to 77 inches and sitting height of 34 to 40 inches
Source

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 4:03 am
by AdityaB
Airbourne wrote:
PILOT:
.......
- Note: Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier.......
same my point, here in my country too corrective surgery is not allowed! it is a disqualifier.....
but when others mentioned corrective, do you mean naturally, i mean by practice?

thanks a lot :)

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:52 am
by Airbourne
AdityaB wrote:
Airbourne wrote:
PILOT:
.......
- Note: Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier.......
same my point, here in my country too corrective surgery is not allowed! it is a disqualifier.....
but when others mentioned corrective, do you mean naturally, i mean by practice?

thanks a lot :)
To be honest, probably not. That would even be better than paying to get laser eye surgery (if it works). I believe laser eye surgery is what they are talking about.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:28 am
by Neocon
I honestly didn't know there were adults with near-perfect vision. I'm still not convinced.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:33 am
by Gunny
Lazar eye surgery alters the pressure in the eyeball.So the pilot may just loose his vision altogether when exposed to a high G environment such as aggressive maneuverings while dog fighting or exiting from an AO at + 6-9 Mach speeds.

Re: Could I be a fighter pilot / airline pilot if I'm myopic?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:44 am
by AdityaB
Gunny wrote:Lazar eye surgery alters the pressure in the eyeball.So the pilot may just loose his vision altogether when exposed to a high G environment such as aggressive maneuverings while dog fighting or exiting from an AO at + 6-9 Mach speeds.
-Adam Sandler so that is how it connects. Gif- (I did not get it, so I typed it) :lol:

Thanks :)

FYI: movie name is bedtime stories ;)