Why do I see better when I look through the pinhole?
When we check your vision, we test each eye individually using an occluder.
The occluder is a simple device that covers one eye at a time. If your vision isn’t clear, we move the pinholes into place and have you look at the eye chart again. If your vision improves with the pinholes, it means that your vision may be corrected with glasses or contacts.
The pinhole is a simple way to focus light. When you look through this tiny hole, light enters through the center of the lens of the eye only. If you can read the 20/20 line when looking through the pinholes, you should be able to see 20/20 with the correct prescription. Click to learn more about 20/20 vision
Ever wonder why squinting helps you to see better? It’s the same principle as looking through the pinholes. By squinting, you reduce the focusing area, which makes things appear sharper.
If your vision does not improve when you look through the pinhole, there may be other factors that affect your vision. The other issues that could be affecting your vision may include cataracts or problems with your retina. Lack of vision improvement with this simple test can be the first step in diagnosing, and correcting your vision problems.