An applicant with diabetes should present evidence of regular retinal screening as recommended under New Zealand recommended best medical practice.

Information to be provided

An applicant with a history or findings of diabetic retinopathy should provide:

  • A special eye report, to include colour vision determination;
  • An ophthalmologist report or a copy of any previous report;
  • A visual fields determination report.


  • An applicant with a visual field deficiency or more than mild retinal disease should be assessed as having a medical condition that is of aeromedical significance.

The ME should also consider in details whether there is other end-organ pathology of aeromedical significance.