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North Vancouver, BC Vision Tests: Examining the Vision Chart


Ever wonder what 20/20 eyesight really means? 20/20 vision is a phrase to describe a normal level of clarity of eyesight or visual acuity measured from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say that an individual with such vision can clearly see an object from 20 feet away that most people should be able to see from that distance.

For those who cannot see an object clearly at 20 feet away, the number is determined based on the distance at which they are able to see sharply, in comparison to the norm. For example, 20/100 vision indicates that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet away.

Someone with 20/200 visual acuity is considered legally blind however, they can often achieve much improved eyesight by using glasses or contacts or by undergoing LASIK if they are eligible.

A typical vision screening is done with the use of an eye chart usually the classic Snellen eye chart designed by Hermann Snellen, a Dutch eye doctor in the mid-1800's. While there are now many variations, the chart generally shows 11 lines of uppercase letters which get smaller in size as they move toward the bottom. The top of the chart usually shows the capital letter - ''E'' with letters being added gradually as you look down the chart. During the vision test, the optometrist will examine which is the line with the smallest lettering you can make out. Your score is determined since each row is given a rating, with the 20/20 row typically being assigned the eighth row. For young children, illiterate or disabled persons who are not able to read or vocalize letters, the ''Tumbling E'' chart is used. Similar to the traditional Snellen chart, this version portrays only the uppercase E in different directions. The eye doctor asks the patient to mimic which direction the ''fingers'' of the E are facing: right, left up or down. Both charts must be placed 20 feet away from the patient's eyes.

Even though 20/20 vision does indicate that the person's distance sight is average, this test alone does not indicate that the individual has flawless vision. Complete eyesight includes a number of other important skills such as peripheral vision, perception of depth, focus for near vision, color vision and coordination between the eyes to name a few.

While a vision screening with an eye chart will determine if you require a visual aid to see far away it doesn't give the optometrist a full perception of your total eye health. You should still book an annual comprehensive eye exam to screen for vision-threatening conditions. Call our office today to book a North Vancouver, BC eye test.

Clinic Protocols and Patient Guidelines – COVID -19

We have been working diligently to establish protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe during this time and for the foreseeable future. The following protocols and guidelines have been established to ensure the highest level of sanitation possible.

Clinic Hygiene and Sanitization Protocols


Arrival to the Clinic

ONLY scheduled patients are permitted to enter the clinic. If you were driven to the clinic, please ask your family/friend to wait for you in the car. Please enter the clinic no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you arrive late for your appointment, it may have to be re-scheduled as we must keep on time to ensure enough time for sanitation between patients and avoid overcrowding at the reception area.

Please wear a MASK before entering the clinic.

If you do not have a mask, we will be offering them for a nominal fee.


Further Safety Precautions

Touchless Payment

Currently, we are only accepting Interac, Mastercard and Visa cards. If you have extended health insurance, Please inform our staff with all the details. We deal with Sun life, Great-West Life, Blue Cross and Manulife we will bill your insurance first and then charge your credit card the remaining balance.

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful to keep 2M distance if you run into other patients in the reception room. Stand on the floor decals. We are aiming to stagger appointment to avoid congregation in the waiting room.

Sanitation time between each treatment has been scheduled and we are using hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize all high touchpoints, tables, light switches, door handles etc

Practitioner PPE

We will be wearing masks, and some will be wearing face shields, gloves, and scrubs.

Paying for your treatment


Booking Appointments

Please email the clinic at or call at (604) 420-2115 for your future appointments.

24 Hours Prior to your scheduled appointment

24 hrs. prior to your appointment, you will receive your 24-hour reminder email. It will have a link to the THRIVE BC COVID- 19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The link is: IF you answer YES to any of the questions, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment no earlier than 2 weeks. This is extremely important for the safety and protection of our patients, therapist, and our families.

Upon the arrival of your appointment, if we notice any flu-like symptoms or through conversation realize that you have possibly engaged with friends/family who may have been exposed to COVID- 19, we will respectfully ask you to reschedule the appointment.

Product Purchase

Our Staff will assist you in Choosing your Eye Wear, Please DO NOT HANDLE THE FRAMES FROM THE DISPLAY. Once you have made your Frame selection the remaining frames will be sanitized before being placed on the frame bars.

These protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of you, your loved ones, our staff, our practitioners, and their families.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lougheed Town Centre Optical & Optometry

Located at 9855 Austin Rd, Ste 147, Burnaby, BC V3J 1N4

Phone: 604-420-2115

We are back! We are now open to our normal business hours. Please request an appointment here or call 604-670-3329. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you, and stay safe.