What is 20/20 Vision? How to Convert Diopters to a 20/20 Measure

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  2. I always wondered. Years ago my eye doctor told me I had 20/40 vision, but I think he was wrong. My prescription is for astigmatism contacts are -3.75 so I guess I am around 20/200. My husband had an eye exam today and was told he had 20/30 in one eye and 20/60 in the other. The doctor said he was almost legally blind in his 20/60 eye. I guess I AM legally blind since I’m 20/200.

    • He might be unable to drive without correction but he isn’t legally blind. I think that starts at around -8. I am at -10.50 and I wouldn’t be able to tell a friend from a stranger until they are within smelling distance without my glasses.

      • Technically 20/200 is legally blind even though I feel that’s pretty common compared to numbers like yours and myself (I’m 20/500) without any glasses I feel useless so I understood the smelling distance all too well lol.

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  5. Just got my first glasses yesterday. Right eye was 20/100, and Left was 20/80.
    Glasses are Right eye – 1.75, and Left eye -1.50
    With glasses 20/20 in each eye, and close to 20/15 with both.
    First impression was how incredibly clear vision is, but how small everything appears to be. Also I feel that I need to push reading material farther away from my eyes.
    After spending the better part of the day wearing the glasses, when I took them off how blurred my vision is.

  6. Just a bit over three months ago I posted regarding my first glasses,
    Recently I noticed that my distance vision was quite blurry especially after reading.
    I returned to my optometrist, and he determined that my myopia. has increased quite a bit. My vision now is 20/200 in each eye. My new glasses are now -3.00 for each eye, and with these glasses I have a best corrected acuity of 20/30. The last two lines on the eye chart are clear, but too tiny to discern with the new glasses.
    The doctor said that the good part is that both eyes are now equal in their uncorrected, and corrected states. He wants me to return in three months, at which time he may increase the prescription, with the hope that I will get used to the smaller images, and with another increase in power be able to see the 20/20 line clearly. The new glasses are already quite strong, and without them my vision is terrible, and I am wondering how strong the ones will be in three months, not to mention farther into the future.

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