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Should I disclose my laser eye surgery when I join an Airline?
Pilot Career - Eyesight
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 20:25

Dear Captain,

Just a quick question from a wannabe commercial pilot. As with many others, it has always been a childhood dream of mine to fly. However, I am held back as I have poor eyesight (short-sighted +6.0 degrees). However, with the advent of corrective laser eye surgery and lower risk due to improving technology, I am seriously considering the procedure.

I was just wondering whether the Airlines (perhaps Singapore or Malaysian) would accept candidates for the cadet pilot program if they've had corrective laser eye surgery done?

Would I have to disclose that I have had the surgery done, or would they able to tell anyway through the screening process?

Thank you for the informative website.

Looking forward to your response,

CS Chan

Hi CS Chan,

If you are going for a laser surgery and your eyes can be corrected to normal vision, the chances of you being accepted for pilot training are good provided you have passed your aptitude tests and the interview. It is only after this point when you would undergo a thorough Company medical examination. You would have to disclose your medical history and that includes your eye laser surgery.

Unlike the days in the past where aspiring pilots must have perfect vision, the criteria today are somewhat changed a bit. If you are uncertain, you can consult an aviation medicine doctor or an eye specialist first before you make an application to join the airline.

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