Aviation Vision Care

Your guide to eye care needs of pilots as well as other professionals in the aviation industry.

Where our CASA Doctors Practice

Dr Hogden is available for civil aviation medical exams at our Aspley, Brisbane and Wynnum locations, and Dr Apel is available at our Brisbane and Booval locations. Jason Holland practices at our Brisbane location and Phuc Ngo practices at our Booval location.


Ensuring Pilot Visual Health

A pilot’s general health and welfare are looked at closely when determining whether he or she is fit to fly. Pilots must meet the highest standards of sight, whether uncorrected or corrected with glasses or contacts. Pilots must be able to switch focus clearly, adapt to low or poor lighting conditions and face challenges like blind spots and areas with few visual references. They need excellent color vision, as information in the cockpit is often conveyed using color.

To ensure they are fit to fly, pilots need to undergo ocular examinations as part of their initial aviation medical certification and ongoing licensing requirements. At The Eye Health Centre, we have an in-depth understanding of visual requirements and common ocular health issues in the aviation field. We are experienced and equipped to look after the eye care needs of recreational and commercial pilots as well as air traffic controllers, who also need crystal clear vision.

What to Expect At Your Aviation Medical Examination

If you are a pilot or air traffic controller who requires ocular examination as part of your medical certification, you are invited to see Dr Apel, Dr Hogden, Jason Holland or Phuc Ngo for CASA-approved testing. As a pilot or air traffic controller, your aviation medical examination is something that needs to be done well. Your job depends on it! Our eye examiners are extremely well-versed in the process and will attend to all of your eye care needs in a warm, welcoming environment.

What to Bring to Your Exam

Please bring any prescription glasses or contact lenses to your evaluation, as well as a list of any medications you currently take. When you call to make your appointment, our office staff can answer any questions you have about the examination. 

As part of your assessment, you can expect to have your pupils dilated, which will temporarily make your eyes more glare-sensitive and can blur vision for a few hours. We recommend bringing a pair of sunglasses and arrange for someone to drive you home immediately after your appointment, as the outside light will appear bright and unclear, making driving unsafe. 

To request an appointment for a CASA aviation medical examination with our team,
reach out to The Eye Health Centre today. We look forward to helping you.