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The vision requirements a future cabin crew must meet

Because we’ve received so many emails regarding the vision requirements a future cabin crew must meet, I’ve decided to write this article with the information you need to know.


According to the requirements imposed by most airlines, as long as your diopters are between +/- 4 and in some cases +/- 5 (depending on the airline company) you have every chance of becoming a cabin crew. However, if your diopters are higher that specified, you won’t be able to pass the eye test and work within the field.


Many companies test their future cabin crew to make sure they meet the vision requirements. The most common eye test is the Ishihara, which is a test of color and visual acuity. Dr. Shinobu designed the test in 1917, and it’s the easier way to detect color blindness.
*** important: if you’re planning a corrective eye surgery, be sure you do it at least six months before the interview.

Glasses vs. Contact Lenses

Both forms of vision correction are accepted by most airlines, but you must remember to always have an extra pair of glasses/ set of contact lenses with you. You might need them in case of emergency.

Good luck!

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  • miaow
    Posted at 16:51h, 27 March Reply

    Could you please tell me if the ISHIHARA Eye Test is carried out with both eyes at the same time or with one eye at a time? Thank you!

    • Anca Dumitrescu
      Posted at 19:58h, 08 April Reply


      It is carried out with one eye at a time.

  • NAME*
    Posted at 10:46h, 23 September Reply

    So if I’m blind on one eye I can’t become an airhostes??

    • Ana Maria
      Posted at 17:15h, 25 September Reply

      Hello dear, I am sorry, but no, you can’t become a Flight Attendant.

  • NAME*
    Posted at 16:42h, 20 October Reply

    Hi! I have astigmatism and my eye grade is gradually increasing, is there still chance for me?

  • Alisson
    Posted at 04:08h, 08 March Reply

    I’m not sure yet but I might be Color Blind.
    If I do am color blind does gthat means that I can’t become a flight attendant?
    I’m looking forward to aplying for airlines from the midle east

  • Marz
    Posted at 11:56h, 28 December Reply

    So if i get laski eye correction surgery on my eyes, because my eyesight is wayyyy higher than -/+4 at least 6 months before the interview i can still be a cabin crew member and pass the test with correction? I’m just a bit confused and i wanna work for Emirates! Any answer will be highly appreciated! Thanks

    • Andreea Julei
      Posted at 15:04h, 10 January Reply

      As long as you will respect they requirements and your eyesight will be in between +/- 4, they will not have any problem. It doesn”t matter in which way you will correct it. Wish you all the best!

  • Batlinia Jana
    Posted at 07:02h, 18 January Reply

    I hve a compound power of both +and – 5 -7 and m working as a hotelier and pursuing my diploma in hotel Management so can I apply?

    • Andreea Julei
      Posted at 00:18h, 22 January Reply

      The requirments regarding vision in aviation are +/-5 maximum. That’s what they are saying, but our advice it’s to still try and maybe you will be lucky.Wish you all the best and follow your dream!

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