Choroidal nevus, can I be a pilot?

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  1. johnpaulspa

    johnpaulspa New Member

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    So I'm currently a candidate for the class of 2020, and I just got back from my eye exam. From it I heard both good news and bad news.

    Luckily I have 20/10 vision in my left eye and 20/15 in my right eye. But the doctor, who is a naval academy graduate, said that I have a tiny birthmark inside my right eye. That's why my vision is slightly worse in that eye then the left. Mind you my vision is still better than average in both eyes.

    He said that while the navy wouldn't care at all, the AF is notorious for disqualifying cadets who want to be pilots for things like what I have. He told me the birthmark, AKA a choroidal nevus, will not affect my vision in the future and only slightly impairs my vision as of now, which is still better then 20/20. He said the air force will see it when they perform an eye exam, and that I should look into whether or not it will be disqualifying. Does anyone here know?
     
  2. F15DOC

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    Choroidal nevus is not disqualifying in USAF aviators providing your visual acuity otherwise meets standards, which yours does, so no worrries.

    Oh, by the way, I am a USAF trained Chief Flight Surgeon... so you can feel confident...
     
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    johnpaulspa New Member

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    You have absolutely made me the happiest person in my home town tonight! Thank you so much for your help!
     
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