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VisionTypes of Color Vision Tests

Types of Color Vision Tests


The process for removing a color vision restriction is explained on the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners but there are some important points to know before you start the process. Read the information carefully in Section D, Specialized Operational Medical Tests for Applicants Who Do Not Meet the Standard as the testing procedures are based upon the class of medical applied for.  Third class applicants will require a different process than first and second class applicants.

X-Chrom Lens

This lens is not acceptable to the FAA as a means for correcting a pilot's color vision deficiencies.

Yarn Test

Yarn tests are not acceptable methods of testing for the FAA medical certificate.

See also: Eye Evaluation Form 8500-7

How/Where to Submit to the FAA

Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.


Updated December 2020