Classification for athletes with a vision impairment
Athletes must specify a sport when they are seeking classification. The testing procedure is standard across all Paralympic sports, however the classes are sport specific.
Who is eligible to compete at the Paralympic Games?
To be eligible to compete at the Paralympic Games, athletes must have at least one of the following diagnoses:
- Impairment of the eye structure; and/or
- Impairment of the optic nerve or pathways; and/or
- Impairment of the visual cortex of the brain.
Athletes are classified according to their level of corrected vision and must have an impairment in BOTH eyes that meets the minimal disability criteria of:
- Visual acuity that is less than or equal to LogMAR = 1.00 (6/60); and/or
- Visual field that is less than a radius of 20 degrees
Athletes will be required to provide medical documentation from their ophthalmologist prior to seeking a classification.
What are the classes?
How do I get classified?
Click here for further information on the vision impairment classification process. Athletes can request a classification using the Get Classified form or by phoning the Australian Paralympic Committee on 08 8415 6803.
Athletes will have their classification outcomes recorded on the masterlist for the sport they were classified for. Please refer to the relevant sport page for more information.
Vision Impairment Classification Resources
- Vision Impairment Classification Fact Sheet
- Vision Impairment Provisional Classification Form
- Vision Impairment Medical Screening Form (required to be completed by an ophthalmologist prior to attending a face-to-face National Classification assessment)
- Vision Impairment National Classification Form
- National Classification Medical Review Request Form