You can use this eye chart to test your vision at home. You can also use it to test your friends and family members. We recommend that you test adults and older children who can read.
What You Need to Test Your Vision at Home
- Something to cover the eye, like a paper cup or a tissue.
- Tape or tack to hang the test chart on the wall.
- A pencil or pen to record the results.
- A yardstick, tape measure, or ruler.
- A flashlight, if available.
- A well-lighted room at least 10 feet long.
- Our free eye chart.
How to Use the Eye Chart to test your vision
- Print the free eye chart on regular A4 paper (8 1/2 x 11-inch )
- In a well-lit room, choose a wall without window. Tape or tack the chart at eye level
- Stand ten feet away from the wall
- Cover one eye (keep your glasses on if they are for distance vision)
- Have another person point to each line as you read the letters out loud. Your partner can shine a flashlight on each line of the chart or use a stick
- Continue to the bottom row or until the letters are too difficult to see
- Ask your partner to write down the number of the smallest line you read without difficulty. This is the line with the majority of the letters you were able to identified. For example, 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 to 7
What Do the Results Mean?
That depends on the age of the person taking the test. Older children (6 and above) and adults should be able to read the majority of letters on the 20/20 line.