Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
Decision Considerations - Aerospace Medical Dispositions
Item 51. Near and Intermediate Vision
When correcting glasses are required to meet the near and intermediate vision standards, an appropriate limitation will be placed on the medical certificate. Contact lenses that correct only for near or intermediate visual acuity are not considered acceptable for aviation duties.
If the applicant meets the uncorrected near or intermediate vision standard of 20/40, but already uses spectacles that correct the vision better than 20/40, it is recommended that the Examiner enter the limitation for near or intermediate vision corrective glasses on the certificate.
For all classes, the appropriate wording for the near vision limitation is:
HOLDER SHALL POSSESS GLASSES THAT CORRECT FOR NEAR VISION
Possession only is required, because it may be hazardous to have distant vision obscured by the continuous wearing of reading glasses.
For first- and second-class, the appropriate wording for combined near and intermediate vision limitation is:
HOLDER SHALL POSSESS GLASSES THAT CORRECT FOR NEAR AND INTERMEDIATE VISION
For multiple defective distant, near, and intermediate visual acuity when unifocal glasses or contact lenses are used and correct all, the appropriate limitation is:
HOLDER SHALL WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES
For multiple vision defects involving distance and/or near and/or intermediate visual acuity when more than one set of lenses is required to correct for all vision defects, the appropriate limitation is:
HOLDER SHALL WEAR LENSES THAT CORRECT FOR DISTANT VISION AND POSSESS GLASSES THAT CORRECT FOR NEAR AND INTERMEDIATE VISION