Can pilots wear glasses/corrective lenses inside the cockpit?

I was wondering If I could wear corrective lenses/glasses inside the cockpit If I have a certified class 2 medical certificate?

• Which country or regulations are you asking about? – Pondlife Aug 24 '17 at 3:21
• Not only can they, but they must if it is required by their medical certificate. – Devil07 Aug 24 '17 at 18:35

Yes. All current classes of FAA-issued medical certificates allow for the use of corrective lenses in the cockpit. See Title 14 §67 Medical Standards and Certification.

According to the FAA, yes. For a Class 2 Medical:

• Distant Vision: 20/20 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction.
• Near Vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately (Snellen equivalent), with or without correction, as measured at 16 inches.
• Intermediate Vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately (Snellen equivalent), with or without correction at age 50 and over, as measured at 32 inches.

Notice the "with or without correction".

According to the CAA in the UK,

Class 1
Refractive error

(1) At initial examination an applicant may be assessed as fit with:

(i) hypermetropia not exceeding +5.0 dioptres;

(ii) myopia not exceeding -6.0 dioptres;

(iii) astigmatism not exceeding 2.0 dioptres;

(iv) anisometropia not exceeding 2.0 dioptres;


provided that optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology is demonstrated.

BUT there are a long list of exceptions and further conditions that may well disqualify you anyway. And the requirements for a class 2 medical are stricter, add limits on top of this.

• Hey - I'm not sure if it's the other way round in the USA, but in the UK Class 1 is the strict, commercial medical and Class 2 is what you need for a PPL and a lot less strict. – Dan Aug 24 '17 at 6:42