The vast majority of individuals that have refractive surgery so they will see well without glasses or contact lenses experience successful outcomes. Many achieve a perfect 20/20 uncorrected visual acuity. Some may require a minimal eyeglass prescription for this level of sight. After their refractive surgery a few patients have glare associated with bright lights, difficulty seeing well at night, or haziness in their vision. Over a period of months these symptoms usually regress. For many occupations if the outcome is slightly less than ideal the patient will not have any personal or occupational limitations. These individuals are usually quite satisfied with their new ability to see relatively well without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses.
However certain occupations require for all intents and purposes perfect vision, and the bar is raised for these individual when you consider what is a good surgical outcome. A Class I or II medical certificate requires a corrected or uncorrected visual acuity of 20/20 in each eye and no problems with haziness or glare. These individuals may have an unacceptable outcome for their profession despite a result that is compatible with the visual requirements for the majority of occupations and activities. If your profession or hobby does not allow for any visual compromises you need to carefully consider refractive surgical procedures and discuss these concerns with your surgeon..
Certification guidelines for pilots
who have had Laser Refractive Surgery within two years of their exam
The FAA expects that a pilot will not resume piloting aircraft until his or her own treating health care professional determines:
If these determinations are favorable and if otherwise qualified, the pilot may immediately resume piloting but must ensure that:
The airman may continue flight duties unless informed otherwise by the FAA or another disqualifying condition occurs.
Once two years have elapsed between your exam and surgery if you meet the visual requirements for your class and simply state that there are no sequale a certificate can be issued without any other documentation.
These requirements were current as of 3/25/2020 however they may be updated at any time. To check for changes visit the LASIK or Other Laser Eye Surgery to Correct Vision page on the FAA website.
FAA Certification Guidelines for Pilots who have had Conductive Keratoplasty
requirements were current as of 3/25/2020, however they may be updated at any
time. To check for changes visit the
page on the FAA website.