By James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Flying With Contact Lenses


January 1, 2022

Every time you fill out your MedXpress form for a flight physical, you’ll find Question 17b. “Do You Ever Use Near Vision Contact Lenses While Flying?”

Most folks get the question wrong. It’s not surprising since if you are not an eye doctor, you probably have no idea what they are asking.

Contact lenses are great, especially for those of us that would be wearing “Coke bottle” lenses if we were sporting eyeglasses. They free you from fogged up lenses and restriction of peripheral vision. Assuming you tolerate them, they are a definite improvement over eyeglasses!

So can you f...

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