Hit the link below and check out this simple chart where you and your family can test your vision. While this test does not replace an eye exam from an optometrist or any other eyecare specialist, it can help you identify problem areas and go to a professional to nip them in the bud.
How to Use the Eye Chart
- Print the free eye chart on regular A4 paper
- Tape the chart to a windowless wall in a well-lit room at eye level
- Measure ten feet from the wall (about 3,5 metres)
- Cover one eye (if you wear glasses for distance vision, keep them on)
- Have another person point to each line as you read the letters out loud and keep track of which letters you get right
- Continue to the bottom row or until you can no longer read the letters
- Write down the number of the smallest line where you identified most letters correctly (e.g. if you were able to read 5 out of 8 letters on line 8, you would write 20/20.)
- Cover the other eye and repeat steps 5-7
What Do the Results Mean?
That depends on the age of the person being tested. A 3 to 4-year-old should be able to read the 20/40 line, and a 5-year-old the 20/30 line. Older children and adults should be able to read most letters on the 20/20 line.
If you notice any results that fall outside these standards, be sure to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist.
Did you know 80% of visual impairments are avoidable, treatable and/or preventable? That’s why Ster-Kinekor has provided free initial screening to 307 846 disadvantaged learners since 2005 as part of the Vision Mission initiative.
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