Who Checks Vision
The DAME checks Vision at the aviation medical.
In addition, A checkup with an Aviation Optometrist / Ophthalmologist is required for class 1 & 3 medical certificates:
- For initial issue (Class 1 & 3)
- From 60 years of age: every 2 years (Class 1 & 3)
What are the CASA visual standards for pilots & ATC?
The DAME checks for the following minimum CASA Visual standards include testing with correction (glasses or contact lenses) for distance and near vision. Remember bring your glasses or contacts if you need them!
Class 1 & 3 licenses: 6/9 or better in each eye, and 6/6 when looking with both eyes
Classs 2 license: 6/12 or etter in each eye, and 6/9 when looking with both eyes.
It makes sense to see an optometrist before your medical if you think you might need glasses.
- Able to read N5 (with correction if needed and a near point of 30cm.
There’s also a test for colour vision & a clinical visual field check for obvious defects.
Which Sunglasses are best for pilots?
A pilot can’t go too far wrong with the following:
- 15% Neutral density filter
- Avoid Photochromatic lenses – the ones that change colour density with the degree of sunlight. There is a time delay between the time when the light changes and the colour change in the lens.
- Avoid Polaroid lenses – it shows up all the invisible scratches on windscreens and cockpit instruments.
- Wide Field of coverage