Color Vision / Dvorine Test
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My son is pursuing a career in aviation and recently discovered he has a color deficiency.   We have taken most of the FAA approved vision tests with no success.  We are looking for an Optometrist / Opthamologist / AME or any doctors office that may have the Dvorine Plates.  Online information, including the AOPA indicate that the Dvorine has the highest success rate among people with color deficiencies.   Does anyone know pilot who has used this test or any office that may use the Dvorine plates?  

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My DME, Dr. Dykema, referred me to an ophthalmologist several years ago, in Phoenix, that administered the Dvorine test.  It worked.  

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The problem with seeking a doctor that will give a different type of color vision test is an AME will still administer the color vision test he/she has. Down the road your son might apply for a corporate job or airline and their own doctor might use the FAA standard. I found out I was color blind when I applied for my first medical as a student pilot. I got a waiver from the FAA, standard option for pilots with a color deficiency, and never had a problem. That was over 50 years ago and didn’t stop me from a 39 year airline career.  

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If an applicant successfully completes an alternate test accepted by the FAA, they will be considered having acceptable color vision.  They will need to take the color vision test each time they reapply for a medical so they should take the same test they previously passed each time they reapply.  If the test is done with an outside specialist make sure to obtain a letter from that individual that mentions the type of color vision test administered as well as the passing results.  Take that letter to the AME at the time of the FAA exam and they will be able to issue a new certificate without a color vision restriction.  For more information on acceptable tests and the process go to the FAA website.  

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I looked into taking a different color test as well but there were no docs within at least three hours that could perform any other test.  Then when I learned that I would have to perform the test each time I have my medical performed I figured I would just go through the FAA process to prove I can sufficiently see color.  It took a long time to hear back from the FAA but I am finally getting close to completing the exam with an FAA examiner.