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What Does It Mean To Have 20/20 Vision?

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enotes | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM via web

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What Does It Mean To Have 20/20 Vision?

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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While many people think that 20/20 vision is "perfect" eyesight, it is actually just "normal" eyesight. Specifically, someone with 20/20 vision can see an object 20 feet (6 meters) away with the clarity that a "normal" eye will see an object at that distance. It's possible to have better than 20/20 vision. A person who has 20/15 vision, for instance, is capable of seeing an object that's 20 feet away with the same clarity that a normal eye will see an object that's just 15 feet (4.5 meters) away.

Source: Prevention's Giant Book of Health Facts, p. 519.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM (Answer #2)

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It means you can see 20 ft away, at the distance a normal person with perfect vision will see standing 20 feet away.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM (Answer #3)

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Perfect vision essentially, when someone can see without glasses, but also clearly without a sign of blur. Many people in reality do not need glasses and most have fairly good vision, but not everyone is applicable to the standard of 'perfect' or 20/20 vision. It means you can see clearly 20 feet away while someone without 20/20 vision would not be able to see that far that clearly

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