My basic knowledge says that it is not necessary for a pilot to have good eye sight, he can use spectacles.

In an article I came to know that : The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority state the following:

‘An applicant may be assessed as fit with hypermetropia not exceeding +5.0 dioptres, myopia not exceeding -6.0 dioptres, astigmatism not exceeding 2.0 dioptres, and anisometropia not exceeding 2.0 dioptres, provided that optimal correction has been considered and no significant pathology is demonstrated. Monocular visual acuities should be 6/6 or better.’

*Above eye problems are high level of eye defect.

• We should be worried on normal eye problem a serious problem to become a pilot ?

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    $\begingroup$ "An applicant may be assessed as": It might be interesting to know what the applicant is applying to. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Feb 19, 2018 at 19:04
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking a) if any country requires pilots to have good eyesight even without glasses, or b) if good eyesight is important for pilots at all? $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Feb 19, 2018 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ Asking about "any country" is too vague, and nearly impossible to answer since each country has its' own rules. If you wish to limit it to the UK (which the article is discussing), or somewhere else, please specify so that it can be accurately answered. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Feb 20, 2018 at 4:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Lnafziger there are many countries in the world do it is not possible for anyone to have info of all the country . In this section I think there are many pilots or related to that sector , so everyone will have different laws , condition . $\endgroup$
    – user55439
    Feb 20, 2018 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ @user55439 That is exactly my point. The question, as asked, is too broad to answer with a single answer, which is a requirement of this site. In our terms, it is "too broad" to answer effectively. I ask that you please narrow the scope to a particular locality so that it doesn't get closed. See How to Ask for more details. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Feb 20, 2018 at 16:04

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Here are the guidelines regarding medical qualifications (including eyes) for obtaining a U.S. medical certificate:

  1. From the FAA's "Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners" (Link is here)


Hope this helps.

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    $\begingroup$ Users shouldn't have to follow links to see the answer, you should put the appropriate content directly in your post. $\endgroup$
    – Notts90
    Feb 21, 2018 at 11:19
  • $\begingroup$ @notts90 - Normally what you suggest is a good idea. However, the content of the links is significantly large (many pages) and not suitable displaying in the answer space. $\endgroup$
    – user22445
    Feb 21, 2018 at 14:02

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