Is 6 30 vision bad?

Have you ever taken an eye exam and heard the optometrist deliver the news that your vision is 6/30? If so, you might be wondering if this is something to worry about. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: yes, a 6/30 vision score indicates that your eyesight is less than optimal. The good news: you’re not alone.

What Does 6/30 Mean?

First things first, let’s explain what this whole “6/30” business means. Basically, it’s a way of describing visual acuity – how well you can see detail at a distance compared to someone with “normal” vision (which would be around 20/20). The top number (in our case, “6”) represents the testing distance in meters – so when the eye chart was placed six meters away from us during the exam, we could just barely make out certain letters or shapes on it. And the bottom number (the “30”) refers to what someone with normal vision would be able to discern from that same distance.

So basically, having a score of 6/30 means that you can only see details from six meters away which somebody with perfect or ‘normal’ vision should have no problem seeing up close at thirty meters where everything seems visible and clear (Up close for those short crabs perhaps!)

Is It Really That Bad?

So now we know what those numbers mean but why does being told our result immediately makes us feel as though we’ve failed some sort of experiment? Despite essentially requiring assistance for long-distance visuals doesn’t necessarily equate to one failing life! There are plenty of everyday individuals who have glasses strength such as ours! But back on topic, looking at medical statistics may give us more idea concerning how severe they think low acuity is, they tend to divide it into normal vision and “low vision”, with the cutoff being a score of 6/18. That means if your acuity falls below this level (such as our score), you may be eligible for additional services or resources to assist you in day-to-day life.

What Causes Low Vision

Low vision can arise from numerous conditions such as infections like Keratitis which means a cornea inflammation; one having meaning when either bacteria or fungi reaches an eye’s surface causing swelling and without early treatment could lead to permanent effects including reduced vision capability (Fancy ways of saying ‘seeing less’) Glaucoma would also fit under here when excessive pressure pushes on specific areas, resulting in nerve damage within the eye itself or optic nerve due to damaged blood vessels. Macular degeneration is another issue where someone can experience central area sight failure – this happens frequently with age younger adults aren’t excluded completely though! Diabetes needs extra surveillance given diabetics are prone towards eye issues – diagnoses like diabetic retinopathy involves capillary blockages depriving vital nutrients from sustaining visual tissues.

There are instances where low-acuity has no relation to disease at all- some people have poor eyesight naturally even since childhood years (Punk glasses were so ahead of their time!), family genetics often plays a part too considering there’s more passing down than pretty eyes alone!

How Is It Treated?

So what do we do once we’ve got that lovely test result back? Depending on how severe the issue is, there could be various options any optometrist would recommend such as:


Most optometrists will suggest optical aids as initial management for mild-low-vision patients involving stronger prescription lenses to improve daily acuity levels (Wear them loud and proud).


Magnifying glasses are usually suggested by Opticians concerned over central-field vision where common glasses cannot enhance visual acuity as expected. They come in various forms such as being attached to spectacle lenses or usually entirely separate devices (Harry Potter anyone?).

Visual Training

Regular practice of these specific exercises helps individuals with a significant vision deficit to simulate spatial awareness, motion detection and improve overall accuracy.

Spectacles With Prisms

Prisms adjust for refractive error – this compensates for particular alignment concerns within the muscles of each eye. The two placed together can lead eyesight into more natural alignment hopefully improving one’s total viewing field.


Taking an Eye exam is no joke, we all want perfect results however six by thirty vision score often experienced though not ‘regular’ shouldn’t be alarming! From awareness programs from Government-funded organizations (which are also available online), glasses or magnifying aides could help improve functionality, monitoring ocular health will go miles too – so all hope isn’t lost once that test result comes back slightly different!

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