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I am blind in one eye and have a -11.25 prescription in the other, correcting to 20/40. I am afraid to go for a medical and fail, since I was told I couldnt challenge that if I did.

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    – randomhead
    Oct 16, 2021 at 3:41

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No one but your AME is qualified to speak to your specific medical conditions. However, the FAA medical standards are available online and you can compare the standards to your vision prescription.

In general it is possible to "challenge" a non-issued medical, which is called a "deferral," and receive a special-issuance medical certificate. But this can come at a great cost in terms of both time and money.

The recommendation I have seen is to set up a consultation, not a medical exam, with an AME. You should be very clear with them that you are not trying to have them make a determination on your suitability for a medical certificate, but rather you are requesting an examination to see if they would have any problems issuing a medical certificate if you were to actually apply for one in the future.


If you have a valid US driver's license and have never been denied a medical certificate, you can also look into the Sport Pilot certificate, which has greatly reduced medical hurdles. This certificate affords you very limited flying privileges, but is worth investigating if you are concerned you would not be able to receive a standard medical certificate.

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Near as I know, being blind in one eye is not considered a disqualifying medical condition. You can read a list of disqualifying medical conditions here. You can also read about FAA aeromedical dispositions regarding eyes here.

Other than that, per §67.103, §67.203, and §67.303, the only requirements for current myopia is that your vision be correctable to 20/40 or better and near vision correctable to 20/40 or better.

Another excellent resource is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) medical resources site. They had this helpful piece of information on monocular vision.

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