Eye test chart



If you're looking for a quick and easy way to test your distance vision at home, look no further. This blog post provides two downloadable eye test charts in A4 or Letter size paper formats. 


Download this free online eye test chart 

Both of these charts come in A4 or Letter paper sizes which you can select and download via the buttons above. Be aware that these documents are designed to be printed at home to 'actual size' using your domestic printer.

Thin black spectacles lying folded upon white eye test chart beside contact lenses

How can I check my eyesight at home?

The easiest way to test your distance vision at home is with this free downloadable eye test chart. This chart is designed to be printed at home and will help you measure your distance vision acuity. Please note, that this chart only measures one aspect of your vision and is not intended as a replacement for your biennial or annual eye examination.


What is a good eye exam score?

When using this eye test chart, the ideal score is around 20/25 to 20/20 (US) or 7/7 to 8/8 (UK). Anything lower than 20/20 indicates a deterioration in distance vision. We recommend that you book an appointment with your eye doctor for a full examination if any of your results are lower than 20/20 in either eye. Additionally, if you experience any issues with your vision outside of this test, you should visit your optician for a full eye health check up.


What is the standard eye test chart?

The standard eye test chart provided on this page is known as a Snellen Eye Test Chart. Positioned at 6 meters, the chart consists of eleven rows of capital letters, starting with the largest at the top and getting progressively smaller. This chart is widely used in vision assessment tests as a measurement of distance visual acuity.


Can I test my eyes on my phone?

Yes. Using your phone, you can download and use various apps to test your visual acuity. The most popular iOS apps are Smart Optometry or Eye Test Snellen Ishihara. The most popular Android eye test app is called Peak Acuity.

To use these apps accurately, follow the instructions included with each individual app. Be mindful that there are not intended to replace or replicate a full thorough eye examination.


What are the symptoms of weak eyesight?

The main symptoms of weak eyesight include blurred vision, difficulty maintaining focus on objects, light sensitivity, headaches or itchy eyes. If you experience any of these issues, it's important to book an appointment with your eye doctor for a full examination.


How can I improve my vision?

Various lifestyle changes can help improve your vision such as eating a healthy balanced diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and regularly attending your biennial eye exam. These are the best ways to help your vision and many other aspects of your physical and mental well-being.


What are the 3 three types of eye charts?

There are 7 types of eye charts used for various assessment purposes. These include;

  • Snellen chart (Distance vision acuity)
  • E chart (Distance vision acuity)
  • LogMAR chart (Distance vision acuity)
  • Landolt C chart (Japanese vision test)
  • Jaeger cart (Near vision acuity)
  • Lea Test (Sybolised test of near and distance visual acuity
  • Golovin-Sivtsev table (Distance vision acuity)


Are home eye exams accurate?

For visual acuity tests, for example, using a downloadable Snellen chart, the results can be just as accurate as a real eye test. However, bear in mind that the test/chart instructions must be followed closely to produce accurate results. In most cases, it's best to attend a proper eye examination for a full and thorough assessment of your vision and eye health.


What does normal eyesight look like?

Normal eyesight is usually categorised under 20/20 vision (or 6/6 in the UK). This means that you're able to see at a distance of 20 feet what someone with perfect vision can see at the same distance. It is important to keep in mind that this number will vary depending on your age and if you are myopic, hyperopic or both.


What is astigmatism in your eye?

Astigmatism is a common refractive error which is influenced by the uneven shape of either the cornea or the crystalline lens in your eye/s. Astigmatism causes blurred vision and can be corrected through glasses, contact lenses or LASIK surgery in more serious cases. Symptoms vary depending on the severity and type of astigmatism you have but typically include blurry vision, squinting, headaches or eye fatigue, especially after reading.


How do you read eye test results?

Eye test results primarily consist of three numerical measurements per eye; Sphere, Cylinder and Axis. Sphere denotes dioptric correction, either as a positive or negative value in increments of 0.25. If present, Cylinder and Axis denote the dioptric power and axis required to correct astigmatism.

There are however additional values such as ADD power, Prism and BVD (back vertex distance). ADD power denotes secondary dioptric correction for close reading. ADD is issued for multifocal prescriptions such as varifocals/progressives. Prizm values are for correcting muscular imbalances in your eye. And finally, BVD refers to 'back vertex distance' which measures the distance in millimetres between your eye and the rear surface of a spectacle lens.

Hopefully you found this article helpful. Please check out our other eyecare blogs. Thanks for stopping by.

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