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way_up_noth

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I’m finishing up my private pilots licence in Canada( rules probably the same for US)

I took a break from it for a few years... I didn’t need glasses then at all... but now I need glasses to read, I have no problem with regular sight for driving/flying..do I need a prescription for those reading glasses? Before I step back in the doctors office

If yes... do I get a form from the optometrist?... To show the doctor.

These doctor visits are costly.. wanted to double check before I go

Thanks
Michael
 
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davidb

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Drug store reading glasses are good. You are just proving you can see good enough to pass the exam with corrective lenses. The AME cares not what they are nor where you got them. Your medical certificate will state the restriction, “must have corrective lenses for near vision.” You don’t necessary have to wear them when flying but don’t get caught without them in your possession.

Edit: that is in the USA, not sure about Canada but probably the same for all ICAO countries.
 

D_limiter

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My medical just says I need corrective lenses for near vision. No problem.
 
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