How to: Test Your Vision at Home

While optical professionals will happily evaluate your vision at their office, there are easy and affordable ways to learn how to test your vision at home. An at-home eye test can determine many of the common conditions and factors that professionals look for.

And you can do it without fancy equipment, machinery, or having to make an appointment months from now. You can learn how our eyes work and properly assess your vision with some of the basic tools from EyeQue.

A man is seen adjusting the strap on the EyeQue Insight visual acuity test device

Getting started

If you’re planning to assess your vision, you first need to know more about the different tests available.

First, while most of us have generally learned that the “standard” for optical health is 20/20, let’s break that down. There’s much more to quality vision than these numbers that may require assisted devices like glasses or contacts.

Having 20/20 vision means you can clearly see at 20 feet what should be seen at that distance. Some people are nearsighted, which means they see objects closer to them more clearly than objects farther away. Others are farsighted which is the exact opposite. Others may have astigmatism, which is a common distortion of the surface of the eye that also affects vision.

Various factors affect or change vision throughout life, including age, environmental conditions, disease, or trauma.  Although the 20/20 scale measures the sharpness of vision, overall vision also includes side vision, coordination, and depth perception.

Learning the best ways to test your vision at home will require looking at a variety of measurements.

A man is seen attaching EyeQue's at-home personal vision test device to his smartphone

A Smart(phone) Solution

If you’ve never performed an at-home vision test, it’s more than trying to read letters and numbers on a poster. While that’s a fine “do I need glasses test,” it doesn’t necessarily provide any more specifics for your optical health. Outside of “things get a little hard to see’ when they get too close or far away, of course.

Luckily, there are smartphone apps and hardware that provide accurate ways to provide information about your vision.

The At-Home Personal Vision Test Device from EyeQue uses a special optical scope that attaches to your phone. When you connect it, you can measure different lens powers until something comes into perfect focus. Knowing the correct lens power is valuable information to assess if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have any astigmatism.

Even better, this can be measured anytime through a special app to see how much your vision changes over time. It also saves your records. Knowing the power of your eyes helps determine if you need glasses and what function you’ll need them for.

A man is seen using EyeQue's Insight device to test his visual acuity

See Things Clearly

Along with determining the power of your eyes to focus on items close up or far away, a good at-home eye test should measure how clearly you perceive certain items like different colors or contrasts.

A visual acuity test can determine how clear your vision is and if anything has changed since your last measurement.

The Insight Visual Acuity Test Device from EyeQue connects your smartphone to a comfortable device that covers both eyes. An EyeQue app evaluates your eye’s response to different colors along with how sensitive your eyes are to different contrasts.

Visual acuity is complex. It’s affected by the sharpness of one’s retinal focus, the condition of the retina, or how areas of the brain process this information.

A common test for visual acuity checks how you perceive a symbol or letter from a certain distance. Different charts may be used for different distances.  

A pair of PDCheck glasses from EyeQue sit next to a smartphone where a woman can be seen wearing them to test her pupillary distance

The Right Frames

A trip to an eye professional often consists of two parts: the exam and getting fitted for new frames.

Beyond learning how to test your vision at home, you can properly measure your face for frames. This starts with something called a pupillary distance test. That measures the distance between your pupils and aids you in coming up with the correct positioning of your frames.

EyeQue’s Pupillary Distance Tool lets you take a photo using a special headset that resembles eyeglass frames. It will provide the optimal distance for frames, which you can use if you order frames and lenses online. It’s also useful if you’re trying to find the just-right VR helmet where proper eye positioning is needed.  

Figuring out how to test your vision at home can be a useful technique. It allows you to save time and money instead of going to an optical professional. And it makes the process fun and easy. An at-home eye test can also provide a way to educate yourself about the eye and why people see differently. Products from EyeQue are especially useful since they sync well with mobile devices.  

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