University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Near visual acuity

Richard C. Allen, MD, PhD, FACS
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Near visual acuity is determined with the patient wearing their glasses.  Each eye is evaluated separately.  The patient holds a near card at a comfortable distance, usually about 18 inches.  The patient should then read the smallest print possible.  The pinhole occluder is usually not used for this part of the examination. 

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December 19, 2016

last updated: 01/12/2017
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