Saturday, July 30, 2011

Snellen chart to measure visual acuity!

A Snellen chart is an eye chart used by eye care professionals and others to measure visual acuity. Snellen charts are named after the Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen who developed the chart during 1862. Vision scientists now use a variation of this chart, designed by Ian Bailey and Jan Lovie .
How to use the eye chart:
The Snellen Eye Chart is read while standing 20 feet from the chart. Be sure the room you are in is well lit but is not in full sunlight.
Test one eye at a time (cover the other eye with your hand or card etc.). The lowest line that you can read correctly is your visual acuity.
At 20 feet (6 meters) you should try to read the letters on the row 6th from the top. If you can read that line ok it means you have visual acuity of 20/40 or better: 1/2 normal.
Standing at 10 feet from the eye chart if the smallest letters you can read were on the 6th row from the top, this would give you an acuity of 10/40: 1/4 normal.
If you are nearsighted, your vision will become clearer the closer you stand to the eye chart.
Visual acuity (VA) is acuteness or clearness of vision. Especially form vision, which is dependent on the sharpness of the retinal focus within the eye, the sensitivity of the nervous elements, and the interpretative faculty of the brain. VA is a quantitative measure of the ability to identify black symbols on a white background at a standardized distance as the size of the symbols is varied. The VA represents the smallest size that can be reliably identified. VA is the most common clinical measurement of visual function.
A visual acuity of 20/20 is frequently described as meaning that a person can see detail from 20 feet away the same as a person with normal eyesight would see from 20 feet. If a person has a visual acuity of 20/40, he is said to see detail from 20 feet away the same as a person with normal eyesight would see it from 40 feet away. Someone with 20/20 visual acuity does not have "perfect" vision, since it is quite possible to see better than 20/20. The maximum acuity of the human eye without visual aids (such as binoculars) is generally thought to be around 20/10 (6/3).
Recent developments in optometry have resulted in corrective lenses conferring upon the wearer a vision of up to 20/10. Some birds, such as hawks, are believed to have an acuity of around 20/2; in this respect, their vision is much better than human eyesight. Many humans have one eye that has superior visual acuity over the other.

The normal height for the letter A is 88 mm, and the viewing distance is 6 meters.
      To properly view the chart on your monitor:

  • Measure the height of the letter A in millimeters.
  • Divide by 88.
  • Multiply by 6.
      The final number is the distance (in meters) that you should stand from the monitor. For information on using the chart to determine your visual acuity.

See the chart in wikipedia
Download Snellen Eye Chart
credit:  disabled-world, mdsupport, wikipwdia, youtube


  1. Amongst the different types of eye chart. why is it that Snellen Chart is the most famous?

    Smith| cheap work clothes

  2. Your new valuable key points imply much a person like me and
    extremely more to my office workers. With thanks; from every one of

    lcd vision chart

    lcd vision chart manufacturer

    lcd vision chart supplier


Please write your comments here...