How to test your eyesight fast and free

If you don’t know how to test your eyesight easy, quick and without costs read this article and you will learn how do it at home, at work, or wherever you are, for free.

For the test you will need:

  • Eye training chart
  • A wall with enough daylight to fix the chart
  • At least 3.50 m of distance from that wall
  • A measure
  • Tape
  • Something to take a note (e.g. pen & paper, mobile phone)
  • Optional: something to control your results (e.g. a recorder app for your phone or a friend)

Preparation for the test

  1. Print out the free eye training chart or use your computer screen with 100% scaling (not recommended)
  2. Fix the chart with tape on the wall at the level of your eyes.
  3. Measure 3m from the chart and mark this spot with tape.

Testing your eyesight using the eye training chart

  1. Place the tip of your toes on the mark, relax your body and eyes.
  2. Lay your left hand over your left eye and see which row you can read clearly with your right eye only (to control your results you can read the lines out loud and record your readings, write down the letters or ask a friend to help)
  3. Repeat step 2 with your left eye while closing your right eye
  4. Repeat step 2 with both eyes open
  5. Compare your recordings or notes with the eye training chart and write down your results for each eye and for both eyes torgether (e.g.: right = 20/100, left = 20/80, both = 20/70)

The last result in which you use both of your eyes is usually a little bit better than the ones before. The reason I recommend testing both eyes separate first and then together is, because if there is a slightly difference between your left and your right eye, you will need to train your weaker eye solely first until it is as strong as the other one.

How to interpret the results you got

On the chart where the line “You can see perfectly” is, you can see the numbers 20/20. If you can read this line clearly from the 3m mark you would have normal vision. Normal vision means that you are able to see things clearly at a distance of 20 feet (6m) as other people do as well, but this eyechart is designed to view at 3 meters. So you don’t need to worry about the fact that you view it from 3 meters. Okay, let’s say you got the following results. Right = 20/60, Left = 20/50 and both = 20/40. This means that with your right eye you are able to see at 20 feet (6m) what others can see at 60 feet (18m), with your left eye at 20 feet what others can see at 50 feet (15m) and with both eyes at 20 feet what others can see at 40 feet (12m).

How a friend or I can help you

If your spouse, friend or a family member is around they can help you to go through the process. As you are reading the lines out loud, they can check if you’re getting things right. Also you can offer them to do the test too and you control their results. Once you’re done, make sure to remind yourself to do another test in two weeks. Make an appointment in your calendar or if you tend to procrastinate things, simply request your spouse, friend or me (via mail) to remind and ask you for your latest results. If you wrote your results only on a sheet of paper you can write them in your calendar too, to find them easier if you want to compare them in two weeks.

Now you know how to prepare for your eyesight test, how to do it, how to interpret your results and how a friend or I can support you in the process.

If you’re ready to do something good for your eyes right now have a look at my post 4 Tips your optician never will tell you.

I’m curious about your results, so please share them using the comment function.

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