Optometrist Visit


New Member
When I got my 3rd class medical renewed last month, the AME told me that my vision was below 20/20 corrected, meaning that I wouldn't have been able to qualify for a 2nd or 3rd class certificate. But, when I went to the optometrist for a routine eye exam yesterday, he said that my vision WAS 20/20 and no update to my contact lense perscription was necessary. He offered to sign a release if necessary when I told him about what my flying medical examiner had said.

Should this same thing happen when I apply for a higher class certificate, is there any way that an optometrist's opinion can override the opinion of an aviation medical examiner?


New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
The A.M.E. is more or less "godlike" during the evaluation and if he finds that your vision is less than 20/20, that's what he's going to report to the FAA.


Well-Known Member
If you bring the signed report from your optometrist to the FAA examiner, he will waive the eye test and accept the optometrist results.....that's what I did.