I am Thomas, 22 from Penang. Currently, I am applying for the initial CPL. Thanks for your informative website but I have a problem with my eyes which I think is new in your questionnaire.
I've been to the medical checkup and was diagnosed with an eye sickness known as keratoconus - a progressive and structural change within the cornea which causes it to become thinner and change to a more conical shape than its normal gradual curve.
I was told that I couldn’t pass the medical checkup and they don't accept any corrective lenses but recently on my research from the internet I found out from the FAA and ICAO manual which states that:
“Applicants with keratoconus may be considered for a fit assessment if the visual requirements are met with the use of corrective lenses and periodic review is undertaken by an ophthalmologist.”
Keratoconus Surgeries: Think Beyond the "CONE"
I am lost and running out of guidance. I've been to the Penang Adventist Hospital and the doctor recommended that I should go for the cross-linking surgery. I’ve been told that I will have terrible eyes glares sensitivity after the surgery.
According to FAA and ICAO, applicant’s vision must not exceed the level of glare sensitivity and must be normal. This is one of the consequences after the surgery.
As I’ve make an appointment and I am going for the surgery this coming Wednesday. I don't know whether I should proceed with it?
However, DCAM doesn't approve applicants who have keratoconus but FAA and ICAO does as long as the corrective lenses may improve their vision to 6/6, etc. I've contacted the DCA ophthalmologist but he could not promise anything.
I don't want to take any risk since the corrective lenses is also one of the best way to stop the medical problem and improves my vision.
Why the DCA does not accept the corrective lenses while others do? What should I do?
Thanks in advance.
I see that you have made all the necessary researches as regards to your eye condition to become a commercial pilot. To be an airline pilot, you need a Class I Medical Certificate, which is more stringent than one to enable you to fly as a recreational pilot.
My suggestion is for you to proceed with the surgery only if you wish to improve your vision first, then reapply for reconsideration after the recovery period. You can wear corrective lenses as long as it satisfies the DCA guidelines but I am unclear as to their latest policy on vision criteria after post Lasik surgery. You have to be very clear first otherwise it would be pointless for you to continue with your CPL.
If you like, you can get a second opinion from Dr Kee, a DCAM Authorized Medical Examiner. Please make an appointment with him. (Phone: +6019 2310068 - He is also a certified examiner for FAA, CAA UK and a few other countries)
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