This Protocol establishes the authority for the Examiner to issue an airman medical certificate to binocular applicants using multifocal or accommodating ophthalmic devices.
Devices acceptable for aviation-related duties must be FDA approved and include:
- Intraocular Lenses (multifocal or accommodating intraocular lens implants)
- Bifocal/Multifocal contact lenses
Examiners may issue as outlined below:
- Adaptation period before certification:
- Surgical lens implantation - minimum of 3 months post-operative
- Contact lenses (bifocal or multifocal) - minimum of one month of use
- Must provide a report to include the FAA Form 8500-7, Report of Eye Evaluation, from the operating surgeon or the treating eye specialist. This report must attest to stable visual acuity and refractive error, absence of significant side effects/complications, need of medications, and freedom from any glare, flares or other visual phenomena that could affect visual performance and impact aviation safety
- Visual Acuity Standards
- As listed below or better;
- Each eye separately;
- Snellen equivalent; and
- With or without correction. If correction is used, it should be noted and the correct limitation applied.
|Distant, Near or Intermediate Vision||First or Second Class||Third Class|
Measured at 16 inches
Measured at 32 inches;
Age 50 and over only
Note: The above does not change the current certification policy on the use of monofocal non-accommodating intraocular lenses.