Home vision tests - Results
Visual acuity test - home; Amsler grid test
- Amsler grid test: All lines appear straight and unbroken with no distorted or missing areas
- Distance vision test: All letters on the 20/20 line read correctly
- Near vision test: You are able to read the line labeled 20/20 or J-1
What abnormal results mean:
Abnormal results may mean you have a vision problem or eye disease and you should have a professional eye examination.
- Amsler grid test: If the grid appears distorted or broken, there may be a problem with the retina.
- Distance vision test: If you do not read the 20/20 line correctly, it may be a sign of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or another eye abnormality.
- Near vision test: Not being able to read the small type may be a sign of aging vision (presbyopia).
- Reviewed last on: 2/10/2011
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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