A home vision test is not a replacement for a professional eye exam. An ophthalmologist’s full eye exam will be far more effective than a home vision test, and it may even reveal underlying medical conditions somewhere else in your body.
Check Eyesight At Home
Expert vision examinations are necessary because many eye diseases can be rectified if diagnosed and treated early. When it comes to your child’s health, don’t rely exclusively on a home exam. An ophthalmologist or other eye care specialist should evaluate the vision of children under the age of three.
Material Used to Test Eyesight
- Accumulate the materials you’ll need to test your vision at home.
- A paper cup or facial tissue might be used to conceal the eye.
- Tape or attach the test chart to the wall.
- A pencil or pen to jot down the findings.
- A yardstick, measuring tape, or ruler is a type of yardstick.
- If one is accessible, a flashlight.
- A room that is at least 10 feet long and well-lit.
- The proper testing chart.
Set up a Home Eye Examination Center:
Printed out either the child’s or the adult’s test chart. The biggest letter at the top of the rankings should be just about an inch (23 millimetres) tall when printed.
Place a chair 10 feet away from a wall that does not have any windows.
Tape or pin the chart to the naked wall at eye level with the person being tested as he or she rests in the chair.
How to Check a Child’s Eyesight at Home (for children ages 3 or older)
Tell your child you’re going to be playing a “pointing game.” Show him or her how to indicate in the same area that the E is “pointing” using the practice E-card. Turn the practice E in all four directions (up, down, right, left). You may hold the practice card as close to the youngster as he or she desires till he or she can look in all four directions without assistance.
- Place your youngster in a chair 10 feet away from the chart, with the cover over one eye but no pressure applied. Do not allow the child to peer. A second person may be required to hold the cover in place and keep an eye out for peeking. If your child wears glasses, he or she must wear them during the examination.
- If the chart appears to be too dark to read, use the flashlight to light the test letters.
- Start with the larger Es and work your way down. Allow your youngster to point in the direction of the E.
- Make a note of the number of the tiniest line that your youngster can see correctly (more than half of the Es correctly identified).
- Then, with one eye covered, repeat the test. If your youngster seems weary, try testing the opposite eye at a separate time.
Teenagers and Older Children can Get their Eyes Tested at Home:
Place the person being examined in a chair 10 feet away from the chart. Ascertain that the chart is level with his or her eyes.
Cover one eye of the person being tested. If he or she wears glasses for distance vision, these must be worn during the test.
While the person being tested reads the letters aloud, shine the flashlight on each line of the chart. Proceed to the bottom row or until the letters are too tough to read for the person.
Write down the number of the smallest accurately seen line (the line with more than half of the letters correctly identified).
Repeat this experiment with the other eye concealed and keep track of the findings.
What are the Typical Results of Home Vision Ttesting?
A youngster should be able to see the 20/40 line by the age of three or four, and the 20/30 line by the age of five. If you test your child on different days and he or she cannot see the expected line of print or the same line with each eye, he or she may have an eye condition. You should have your youngster examined by a doctor.
If you observe your child exhibiting some signs of vision issues, you may elect to test his or her eyes at home. A home eye exam for your child is not a substitute for a pediatric ophthalmologist’s eye exam; rather, a home test can help you evaluate if you need to schedule an appointment for your child.