Eye Test At Home-Importance, Required Tools & Steps


Importance Of Eye Test At Home

Eye test at home is something that can lower the risk of high damage to your eyes. There is no doubt in the fact that you have the facility of professional aid whatever may be the issue. Be it physical, mental, educational, or any other area of life for that matter. Likewise, doctors do exist for every health issue being faced by the people out there. Take for example vision issue. So for this, you have several options when it comes to eye specialists.

You just need to step out of your doors, cover a few kilometers and you are in anyone the good and big clinics. But have you given a thought to certain tests, what you may call precautions can be taken before moving out to any professionals also? It must be done. Precaution is always better than cure, as always said and believed.


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If it comes to do an eye care test at home, it could be done in a quite easy and simple way. But wait, here is a reminder. These eye tests at home cannot remember that, they just cannot be the substitutes for eye tests provided by the professionals with the use of technical and advanced tools which is done in a way proper and accurate manner than those done at homes. So you need to be aware of the misconceptions.

Relying cent percent on the vision tests performed at home (especially in the case of children) will result in harm only. Because when you go to your doctors, they do not just perform the eye tests and send you away. Rather, they make you aware of the causes, cures, and every minute detail to be taken care of in the future as well.

However, once you feel that your eyes might be in a problem, or if you are facing vision issues, you can have an eye test at home before going for professional help. For this, there are certain arrangements which are needed to be fulfilled. A few objects, some setting up of an area at your home where the tests can be performed, are among those.

Things You Need To Do At Home

  • A disposable cup or tissue paper for covering one eye while having the test for the other.
  • Glued tape or tack for hanging your vision test chart on the wall or the board.
  • Pen or pencil for maintaining the record of your tests done in a series.
  • A ruler for the measurement.
  • A flashlight
  • Testing chart, without which the test is not at all possible.
  • A room with good light and length.

Arrangements Required In The Eye Test Area

You just cannot sit anywhere at your place and start conducting the eye test. There has to be at least proper, if not every, and perfect positioning of the things. However, the more specific you will be, the more accurate will be the result. So here are a few needful efforts to be done before performing the eye test at home:

  • At first, you need to keep in mind that for whom are you preparing the setup. Because while the selection of the test chart, you need to be careful whether it is being done for a child or an adult. Following that you should do the selection for the test chart.
  • The next step should be the printing of the test chart where the letters printed has to be in a certain size. The largest letter printed on the top of the chart should not be more than an inch, that is, it shouldn’t be more than 23 millimetres tall.
  • Select a wall with no windows or ventilation, take a measurement of ten feet from the wall and hang or insert the chart ten feet above the wall.
  • Make the person sit on a chair and make sure if he or she is in a comfort level per the test chart placed on that plain wall. Walls painted in images or arts would not be preferable.



Eye Test At Home For 3 Years Old Child and Above

Children around three years of age or even a bit above will naturally be carefree for this very process. They won’t be understanding what they are being asked to do and what for. That is why you as an adult need to be more convincing and understanding towards them. What you can do is that you can explain to your children the steps of the eye test at home as some rules of a game. Tell them that you all are going to play a new game today. For this, they will never take their steps back.  Also, it’s fun to do an eye at home.

The following are the steps to meet your needs:

  • The distance between the pediatric eye-chart placed on the bare wall and the seat of your child should be 10 ft. So ask her or him to be seated accordingly. The eye chart and the child should be facing just opposite tom each other.
  • Then tell the child to cover one of the eyes with the use of a disposable cup, or paper cup, or tissue, but without applying pressure to the eyes. Here, you need to more careful because the child might tend to peek from it. To do it more attentively and for better results, ask someone else to hold the covering piece.
  • Your child needs to see the chart properly. To reduce the darkness and haziness, use a torch, or a phone flashlight so the letters on the chart get more illuminated, and the child could see the chart without any trouble.
  • Now, the test can be divided into two different ways:
  • Make them read every letter printed on the chart.
  • Play a “pointing game” with your kid. That is, ask them to point in the direction where the letter “E” is facing. Keep rotating the letters three or four times simultaneously. See if your child is answering correctly.
  • Perform the same steps with the other eye. You might do it immediately or sometimes later according to your child’s wish and comfort.



Eye Test At Home For Older Children and Adults

Of course, the efforts required here will be less as it is being done for mature children and adults. You don’t need to explain things much.  The steps involved are:

  • Make the person seated 10 feet away from the chart and set the level accordingly.
  • Make the person cover one eye while testing for the other. Remember that if the person uses glasses with power, ask them not to remove and perform the eye test with their eyeglasses on.
  • Pose the torch or flashlight while the person reads each line, from the top bottom of the chart. Do not stop until the person finds a particular line or the letter difficult to readout
  • Note down the number of the last line the person has been able to read correctly.
  • Do the same with the other eye as well.

Expected Scores For An Eye Test 

If a child is about three to four years of age, he or should be able to see 20/40 lines without any difficulty. 20/40 lines must be seen properly by the group of children ageing five. Now, if your child is not able to read the same lines while you perform the same tests on some other days, he or she might be suffering from vision deficiency. And after doing the eye test at home you must consult the ophthalmologist.

While talking about adults, they should be reading the 20/20 line, failing which the doctor should be consulted.

Before going to an ophthalmologist if you conducted the eye test at home, you must record the results. What you can note down the smallest number you or your child have been able to read.

Again, you must go for the above processes for your eye test at home but you cannot neglect to consult any professionals. Because only they are going to tell you the possible causes of the vision deficiency, or the diseases underlying them.

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