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What does 20/20 vision mean?

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This kind of notation usually refers to a persons visual acuity. The upper number refers to the general distance that the eye chart is placed (eg. 20 feet). The lower number refers to the distance at which a “normal” observer can see the same letters you can see at 20 feet.

Thus, if your vision is 20/40, this means that a “normal” observer sees the letter you see at 20 feet at 40 feet. Therefore, the higher the bottom number the worse the vision is from a “normal” observer.

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