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Monocular Vision

Monocular Vision

Pilots with useful vision in only one eye may obtain medical certification upon demonstrating the ability to compensate for the loss of binocular vision and to perform airman duties without compromising aviation safety. The Aviation Medical Examiner should not issue a medical certificate of any class to a monocular applicant unless he/she presents written evidence of prior clearance by the FAA. The Examiner may assist the applicant in the initial steps toward obtaining the clearance by submitting a Report of Eye Evaluation, FAA Form 8500-7, along with the application, and any other available information from the applicant's treating ophthalmologist. An airman is considered to have monocular vision if the best-corrected central visual acuity in an eye is 20/200 or worse.

Following the loss of vision, a recovery period of at least 6 months is needed to assure stability and to permit adequate adjustment and compensation for monocular vision.

The monocular vision pilot is not limited to private pilots. With flight experience, the airman may qualify for additional certificates and ratings. Appropriate medical flight tests may be required for advanced certificates.

See also: Eye Evaluation Form 8500-7 and Medical Flight Test

How/Where to Submit to the FAA

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

Updated April 2016