How are you? I am Thomas. I’ve written to you before regarding my eye problem (keratoconus) I’ve read some of your answers and found this informatiom from your response to others.
For your information, I’ve undergone the Lasik surgery to stabilize my keratoconus problem. DCAM gave me the green light to go ahead with Lasik surgery subject to the vision getting stabilized after 1 year with regular checkups with the AME. However, my vision after surgery is still not that perfect. Briefly, without correction, the readings are:-
Short sighted: Right eyes (20/20)
Left eyes (more than 6.0 dioptres)
Astigmatism: 6.0 and 7.0 dioptres
But I am able to achieve perfect vision with (RGP) Gas permeable contact lenses. I’ve also seen Dr.Kee as you have recommended. He told me the DCAM requirements are as follows:
Short-sighted: 5 dioptres or less
Astigamatism: 2 dioptress or less
Vision of at least 6/9 both eyes with correction
I am definitely able to meet all the DCAM requirements but as you said, airlines may have a higher standard for cadet pilots. (see here)
I am about to take a loan and mortgage my house for my course fees. I am prepared to sacrifice everything I have but I am still afraid to take the risk as I may be grounded in the future.
I really cannot give up this dream. What is your advice?
Many thanks again
As you have read in the newspapers, there are still many pilot graduates in the market who have spent a lot of money getting their licenses and are still jobless. Well, they may get a flying job in the end but how long can you wait without income to settle the loan?
Your only hope is to get into the Cadet Pilot Program in SIA, AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines or FireFly. They may sponsor your course fees during your training if you are successful to be selected. Some of them may accept the DCAM (Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia) requirements.
All the best
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