How to Speak 20/20: What Your Eye Exam Results Are Telling You

Comprehensive Eye Care & Eye ExamsEveryone thinks that perfect vision is 20/20, but few people know what these numbers are about. When you come into Wilkinson Eye Center for your yearly eye examination, you will leave with not only a prescription for lenses, but you will also leave with a paper that discusses your vision as well. This article will discuss how you can understand your eye examination so that you feel more informed going into your next appointment. Read on to learn more.

What Does 20/20 mean?

Unlike popular belief, 20/20 vision doesn’t mean you have perfect eyesight— but it is pretty dang close. 20/20 vision itself measures your ability to see things accurately and with clarity at a measurement of twenty feet away. For instance, if you have 20/20 vision that means that you can clearly see objects at 20 feet away that you should be able to.

What Do Other Numbers Mean?

As you age, your vision scores likely look more like 20/70, but what do these numbers mean? If you have 2/70 vision, it means that you will have to be as close as 20 feet to an object that most people can see at 100 feet. Remember that this type of diagnosis is only used to determine what you can see at a distance, not up close. So, if you are nearsighted, this type of test won’t be indicative of your ability to see anything.

If you have any questions about your eye examination or your results, make sure to ask your ophthalmologist at Wilkinson Eye Center, and we will gladly explain them to you. The next time you come into our office for an examination, you can come in feeling more informed than ever. To learn more about eye care or to schedule your next appointment, contact Wilkinson Eye Center today!

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