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Clinical application of the new civil airman vision standards and certification procedures.
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PMID:  9553329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: The final rule revising the civil airman medical standards became effective September 16, 1996. The purpose of this study was to review changes in the vision standards and procedures and how they relate to the clinical optometrist. METHODS: Revision of Airman Medical Standards and Certification Procedures and Duration of Medical Certificates; Final Rule, (14 CFR, Parts 61 and 67) and the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners, published by the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Aviation Medicine, were reviewed, and those parts pertaining to the clinical optometrist were summarized. DISCUSSION: The uncorrected distance visual acuity standards for first- and second-class airmen have been deleted. New equivalent near-vision standards were established for all classes of airmen. A major change--for pilots > or = 50 years of age--was the addition of an intermediate vision requirement of 20/40 or better at 32 inches for both first- and second-class medical certificate holders. Although the third-class medical certificate is still valid for 24 months after the date of examination for those > or = 40 years of age, the certificate is now valid for 36 months for those < 40 years of age. CONCLUSION: The new vision standards primarily affect the elderly pilot. Ophthalmic considerations in the application of the new vision standards are reviewed.
V B Nakagawara; K J Wood
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Optometric Association     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0003-0244     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Optom Assoc     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-04     Completed Date:  1998-05-04     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505575     Medline TA:  J Am Optom Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-50     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Aeromedical Institute, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine / standards*
Aviation / standards
Certification / standards*
Middle Aged
United States
Vision Screening / standards*
Vision, Ocular*
Visual Acuity

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