I would like to attend a Class I pilot Licence, but my eyes are not 'the best'. If I'd undergo refractive surgery (RS from now on), and the intervention goes well, will I fit the requirements?

For example, your defect can't be more than -5 of miopy per eye before the RS.

My question mainly refers to the eligibility requirements in Europe, they seem not matching with Italian ones.

this is the abstract. “Applicants who have had refractive surgery and are being considered for medical certification (first time?) or recertification (this should be the second visit on) should meet the following criteria: a) The surgery is uncomplicated. b) Vision is stable. c) There is no corneal haze and no complaints of glare, halos or “ghosting”. d) The result meets the visual requirements of Annex 1, and the assessment must be based on measurements made by a qualified vision care specialist acceptable to the Licensing Authority. e) There should be follow-up examinations by a qualified vision care specialist six months after return to duty and yearly thereafter.”

If i can skip the limit of eye sight taking a licence out of Italy (for ex.in other European countries,the US, etc) will I be able to pass the EASA medical visit as a pilot qualified in the States and be able to choose where to work? Thank you for your answers.

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    $\begingroup$ Answering this question for "all over the world" is pretty much impossible: You will need to narrow the scope to the one specific jurisdiction you are looking to train in. Every nation has its own regulatory structure, and its own medical requirements. Many allow you to get a pilot's license after refractive surgery, or using corrective lenses (the FAA permits it, for example. Some may not. $\endgroup$ – voretaq7 Jul 14 '16 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site! This question is much too broad to be answered, because a complete answer would have to include every country in the world. Please edit the question to include a specific jurisdiction (if you are interested in a few, please post them as different questions) and we will be able to help you out. I would suggest that you ask it for the country in which you will apply for the medical, or for ICAO requirements, as they would be the most appropriate. $\endgroup$ – Lnafziger Jul 14 '16 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ voretaq7 and Lnafziger, first of all thank you for your answers. My question was made to understand what happens IF i match the requirements, for example, in the US by FAA, and get the class 1 eligibility. So could I attend the training course there and become a commercial pilot, and then, as a question, move to a company of another country? $\endgroup$ – Yoda Jul 14 '16 at 15:32
  • $\begingroup$ CASA (Australia): Designated Aviation Medical Examiner's Handbook /// US: Dear Capt Lim $\endgroup$ – mins Jul 14 '16 at 19:01
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    $\begingroup$ WOW in Australia even Monocular pilots are allowed in some cases o.o $\endgroup$ – Yoda Jul 14 '16 at 20:50


Please consult with the FAA or your governing body on flight physical requirements as well as your eye care provider about approved corrective surgeries as well as limitations. It does take a little paperwork but should not be a problem.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Carlo, I am in front of the pc searching as hell, and I think you answered properly to my question. I think your answer was like 'becoming a pilot 'all over the world' is now possible with eye surgery'. I'll search deeply for my answers and if I find something I'll post the results here. $\endgroup$ – Yoda Jul 14 '16 at 15:39

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