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Can You Still Fly A Plane If You Go Blind In One Eye
Yes: A pilot can apply for a medical certificate under a "special issuance" procedure (a waiver of the requirement that each eye must have at least 20/20 or 20/40 vision, with glasses or contact lenses if needed). The federal aviation administration (faa) evaluates the requests for waivers on a case-by-case basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caution!: Ophthalmology requires incredible stereopsis for many tasks. The chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the time of my training did not have stereo vision. He could no longer do modern cataract surgery, in fact they were disastrous! yes there are sub-specialties within ophthalmology such as pathology, neurology, pediatrics where stereo vision is not as essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would be tough: I suppose anything is possible but it would be difficult to perform a proper dilated exam since proper depth perception and "stereopsis" is necessary for this and is impossible with one eye. Surgery would also be very challenging. Still, sometimes with time people are able to adjust to the use of one eye and can do remarkable things. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you be blind in one eye but still have cranial nerve function in it, with eyeball moving as it used to?
Probably not: Many doctors avoid elective eye surgery on monocular patients. Glaucoma is often bilateral condition and could develop later in your other eye. Increases your risks. In any event, it is a prudent idea for you to be wearing eye protection (glasses) most of the time to protect your only remaining eye. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
One eye blindness: Yes it is - the reasons for blindness in one eye are many and may reflect a host of different issues. Its best to be seen by a neurologist for a complete exam so care may be guided for the problem at hand - blindness (or any other type of change in sight) which happens suddenly, needs to have an immediate evaluation - if this is the case, get to an er. ...Read more