[QUOTE=powerabout;140065]Its not a great test of color blindness hence you have the choice of other tests if you fail it.
I have always had a problem to pass it since I was a kid.
Saying that last test I did, new book, bright lights was a breeze and I’m over 50 and reading glasses now, wtf?[/QUOTE]
Yes, there are several other tests listed on the exam form but it just irked me to have to sit there and try and figure out that damned 16. I hesitated on one other also, but I can’t remember which one…maybe 43? Dunno.
If I do have a real issue on the next exam I’ll ask for an alternate.
[QUOTE=JamesJim;140162]Yeah, I bomb the Ishihara everytime. Last time I upped my FAA first class medical they gave me an Optec test (one approved by the USCG as well as the FAA) and I passed… barely.
Still makes me scared that one day when I go in for my medical they won’t have a backup for the Ishihara and I’ll get color deficient put on my form… not looking forward to that one. I have no problem seeing buoys, nav lights, or identifying colors in any way but I just can’t seem to pass those tests without taking my time.
I can second dacook’s recommendation for the Farnsworth.[/QUOTE]
Aren’t they supposed to offer an alternative to Ishihara? What do you do if you flunk and they don’t have Farnsworth or (reading off my exam form) Richmond or AOC or AOC-HRR? Hell the form even offers some anon “alternative” test approved by the CG. Whatever that is.
FWIW, NOAA uses Ishihara too, but they show you the book, so that’s a bit better than the viewer.