Does 20/20 Vision Represent Perfect Vision?

The short answer to the title question is no.  However, it is pretty good.  Believe it or not, there are many ideas floating around about vision that are somewhat misunderstood.  As a local eye care service provider, Plaza Vision Optometry understands why myths about vision are circulated and the truth about them.  In this blog, let’s discuss the misconception about 20/20 vision.

Take A Closer Look

This phrase is actually an oversimplification of perfect vision.  In truth, the measurement is not perfect vision by far.  Sometimes eye doctors use the term incorrectly or as an easy way to explain the vision to a patient.  Here are a few facts about 20/20 vision.

  • It is only a measurement of distance vision. It means that one’s vision is within normal range when ascertaining the size of object at a distance of 20 feet.
  • There are many individuals who have vision much better than 20/20. For instance, some people have a 20/16 or 20/12.5 vision.
  • The concept of 20/20 vision does not describe one’s full visual ability. For example, it does not relate to how a person sees up close—like when they are reading.

Beyond 20/20 Vision

It is important to not fall for the trap of the “20/20 vision” phrase.  There is much more to good vision than acuity (which is what 20/20 vision describes).  Other concepts that compose good vision include color perception, contrast sensitivity, and others.

Plaza Vision is led by Dr. Alysa Watanabe who presents all of her patients with transparent information about their vision.  She likes educating her patients so that they can “see” the truth and understand how to protect their eyes.

If you would like to have your vision tested, schedule an annual exam with us today!

Plaza Vision Optometry

525 S Myrtle Avenue

Monrovia CA 91016

(626) 359-3937

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