Optic Topic

snellen eye chart

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of March 17, 2020

Visual acuity,” which is measured with the use of a Snellen eye chart with the large “E” on top, refers to the sharpness of your vision. If you have 20/20 vision, is your vision perfect? The answer is “no,” because visual acuity is measured under ideal conditions and is not predictive of the quality of your vision in all situations.

Vision should be viewed as encompassing a wider range of visual abilities and skills, including:

  • Contrast sensitivity
  • The ability to track moving objects with smooth and accurate eye movements
  • Color vision
  • Depth perception
  • Focusing speed and accuracy
  • Other aspects of sight

Therefore, visual acuity should be seen as just one aspect of your ability to see. “Normal” vision is 20/20, meaning that the tested individual can see the same line of letters on the Snellen eye chart at 20 feet that a person with normal vision sees at 20 feet.

Comfortable and efficient vision involves more than visual acuity. Routine eye exams can detect vision problems, eye disease, and general health problems. REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL offers a large selection of high end designer frames, eye glasses and sunglasses.

To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
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