Do contacts give you 20/20 vision?

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If you are among the mere 35% of adults who actually have 20/20 vision, the rest of the adult population envies you. There is hope for the rest of us however; with corrective measures, most adults are able to see at 20/20 or better. That can be with assistance of glasses, contacts, or corrective surgery. At San Antonio Eye Professionals, we often get the question “Do contacts give you 20/20 vision?” Let’s answer that question.

What does it mean to have 20/20 vision?

To understand how contacts can help our vision, we have to first understand vision and what the term “20/20 vision” actually means. Vision is measured by acuity, which is the sharpness of your vision. It is a static measurement. During an eye exam our doctors check your acuity while you sit still and look at an eye chart. It is typically black and white or something in high contrast, oftentimes the Snellen chart with letters on it. 20/20 is what most people refer to as perfect vision, but it is really just ‘normal eyesight’. 20/20 vision means that if you are standing 20 feet away from something, you see it as it is 20 feet away. To put it into perspective, if you have 20/60 vision then when you look at something that is 20 feet away you are seeing it the same as someone who is looking at it 60 feet away. The larger the second number is, the weaker your vision naturally is.

Will I have 20/20 vision with my contacts?

At San Antonio Eye Professionals, our skilled optometrists will perform an eye exam to assess your overall eye health. Once this is determined, we will aim to fit you with the best contact lenses for your specific case, with the goal of giving you 20/20 vision. It is not always possible to give you exactly 20/20 vision, but contacts can provide a huge improvement to your visual acuity.

Should I get contacts or glasses?

There are pros and cons to contacts and glasses, but most often it is a matter of personal preference. Since contacts sit on your actual eye, they work more naturally than glasses do, and your peripheral vision is never obstructed. Contacts also give you the freedom to do activities like playing sports where glasses might fall off or be a hindrance of some kind. Glasses, on the other hand, have their own benefits. Glasses come in a variety of lense types, some of which can change the amount of light coming in when needed. Glasses also require very little cleaning. Ultimately your lifestyle will be a good indicator on whether you need contacts or glasses. Our team at San Antonio Eye Professionals would be happy to talk with you and help determine what would be best for you.

Do you want 20/20 vision with contacts? Come see San Antonio Eye Professionals

San Antonio Eye Professionals strives to proactively care for your vision and exceed your expectations in customer service. We are one of the largest eye care practices in the San Antonio area, offering care seven days a week. Give us a call to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team and book your eye exam today. You can also contact us on our website and learn more about our practice.