Vision Standards for Indian Air Force Flying Branch

Joining Indian Air Force flying branch is a challenging task, not only the selection process, but the medical standard required for Indian Air force flying branch is a tough nut to crack. In this post we will discuss more about the eye or vision related standards required for flying branch ( Pilot entry). We all know that for flying, vision plays a very important role so the medical standards for IAF flying branch is higher than any other entry/branch.

Indian Air Force Vision Medical Standards

  • One must have 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, which can be  correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
  • Vision Defects
    • Manifest hypermetropia must not exceed +2.0D Sphere.
    • No Myopia.
    • Astigmatism  must be +0.75 D Cyl with +2.0 D maximum
  • Near Vision must be N-5 each eye.
    • Near vision is determined using “Times Roman” type and is assessed at reading distance (30-50 cm) and at 100 cm. The 100-cm distance is important in the aircraft cockpit and similar environments and for users of CRT displays. When two values are shown, such as N5 and N14, the first value refers to the reading distance (30-50 cm) and the second value to the 100-cm distance.
    • Color Vision must be CP-1(ML T). Color Perception-1: The correct recognition of coloured lights shown through the paired apertures on the Holmes-Wright lantern at LOW BRIGHTNESS at 6 metres (20 feet) distance in complete darkness.
  • LASIK Surgery
    • LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) If the following condition are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination.
    • LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
    • The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
    • At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
    • The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
    • Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.
    • Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.
  • Ocular Muscle Balance: Eyes should be well aligned and should have normal binocular vision. No manifest squint permissible. Convergence must be adequate. Ocular movements full and free Ocular muscle balance can be tested with the cover test, the Maddox rod or an approved vision tester.
    • At 6 meters
      • Exophoria 6 prism Diopters
      • Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
      • Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
      • Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters
    • At 33 cm
      • Exophoria 16 prism Diopters
      • Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
      • Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
      • Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters
IAF Flying vision standards
Candidates are suggested to apply for all eligible branches, so if you get rejected for flying branch due to high medical standards, you may get a chance to join other branch of Indian Air Force like Technical, GDOC etc.
Candidates are required to go for medical checkup before going for SSB interview or Medical tests, so that if you find any problem which is curable, you could start working on it at the earliest.
Most of the terms used above are technical, so many of you might not be able to understand it completely, you can consult an ophthalmologist anytime. If you are still left with doubts and questions, do post them in the comment section below.
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  1. Kamran Shahid

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    i have power of -8.00. will I be able to cross medical for airforce SSB?

  2. Jasneet Singh Anand

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    You haven’t mentioned that if LASIK to cure myopia is allowed for the technical branch or not , and if it is allowed, do they allow to attend the medical or it has to be corrected prior to it ? Reply awaited .

  3. Abhinay C

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    I have astigmatism -0.75 D in right and -1D in left, I
    s it ok for flying branch?

  4. sumit

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    sir i have hypermetropia for right eye it is 0.75 nd for left eye its i able to clear medical test for eye?

  5. Avinash Tiwari

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    facing myopia both eye 1.25, elegible or not
    nd any suggstns to cure it……..awaiting rply

  6. abhishek pandey

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    i hv cleared ssb for 133 nda. in my medicals evrythng ws ok except one eye thing.left eye is 6/6 and rite is 6/9 bcoz of -0.25 myopia.i hv received TR for now temporary rejection from airforce.reason is manifest myopia. i wanted to know whether in my appeal medical board they will consider me for air force or not?

    • Akshay Maltare

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      What happened to ur request friend? Did u gt thru?

  7. Ritesh Patel

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    Have Myopia for both the eyes (-2 right eye & – 1 left eye, with 6/6 P in both the eyes), still eligible to join flying branch?

  8. bikram

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    I have got disc suspect in eyes and they have given me pr so is it curable

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