Thirteen Australian Specsavers optometrists have completed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) credentialed optometry training course, and are soon to join the 15 who are already accredited. This will almost double the number of CASA-accredited Specsavers optometrists able to certify pilots.

CASA is a government body that regulates Australian aviation safety and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. The independent statutory authority licenses pilots, oversees aviation safety and promotes safety awareness.

The CASA Aviation Optometry Course was held in Melbourne over the weekend of 20-21 October 2018 and was facilitated by Optometry Australia, which works with CASA to establish a network of optometrists credentialed to conduct vision and eye examinations for the purposes of pilot licensing.

The course covered a wide range of aviation-specific topics over the two days, providing participants with information about CASA’s eye and vision standards for various classes of pilot licences, the visual environments of pilots and air traffic controllers, physiological issues that can occur in aviation, and the optometrist’s role and responsibilities in assessing aviation vision. A series of case studies were also presented as part of a panel discussion with the course presenters.

“A key part of Specsavers’ mission is to provide the best value eye care to everyone,” said Dr Ben Ashby, Specsavers Australia & New Zealand Director of Professional Advancement. “With the latest cohort of Specsavers optometrists engaged in the CASA accreditation process, the accessibility of consistent, high-quality eye care for those in the aviation industry is set to increase.”