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20/20 Vision Vs. 20/200 Vision

You're considered legally blind if your eyesight is worse than 20/200. This is what your world would look like.

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If you're unable to read the top line on an eye chart, you've got 20/200 vision, which makes you legally blind in the US.

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Normal vision is 20/20, which means you can read an eye chart at 20 feet. To be considered legally blind, your vision needs to be 20/200 or worse, which means you can read an eye chart at 20 feet about as well as someone with normal vision could read it at 200 feet.

When your vision is 20/200 or worse, this is what the world looks like...

2. At an intersection:

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20/20: "There are so many people here. One of them could be a famous celebrity and you wouldn't even know it.

20/200: "I'd be too busy trying not to run into them."

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20/20: "There are so many people here. One of them could be a famous celebrity and you wouldn't even know it.

20/200: "I'd be too busy trying not to run into them."

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20/20: "There are so many people here. One of them could be a famous celebrity and you wouldn't even know it.

20/200: "I'd be too busy trying not to run into them."

3. When someone waves at you from across the street:

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20/20: "What do you do when you can't tell who's waving at you?

20/200: "All I can do is approach them."

20/20: "Scary."

20/200: "There's nothing I can do about it."

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20/20: "What do you do when you can't tell who's waving at you?

20/200: "All I can do is approach them."

20/20: "Scary."

20/200: "There's nothing I can do about it."

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20/20: "What do you do when you can't tell who's waving at you?

20/200: "All I can do is approach them."

20/20: "Scary."

20/200: "There's nothing I can do about it."

4. In a bamboo grove:

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20/20: "It's even easy for me to get lost in a dense grove."

20/200: "All you can do is enjoy the fresh air."

5. Watching fireworks:

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20/20: "From your perspective, this must look like a national emergency."

20/200: "Think of it like looking through a window covered in condensation."

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20/20: "From your perspective, this must look like a national emergency."

20/200: "Think of it like looking through a window covered in condensation."

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20/20: "From your perspective, this must look like a national emergency."

20/200: "Think of it like looking through a window covered in condensation."

6. At the spa:

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20/20: "It's steamy. It's hard for anyone to see anything."

20/200: "Yeah, but if I go in with my glasses on, they'll fog up."

20/20: "Either way, you can't see."

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20/20: "It's steamy. It's hard for anyone to see anything."

20/200: "Yeah, but if I go in with my glasses on, they'll fog up."

20/20: "Either way, you can't see."

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20/20: "It's steamy. It's hard for anyone to see anything."

20/200: "Yeah, but if I go in with my glasses on, they'll fog up."

20/20: "Either way, you can't see."

7. Having a cappuccino:

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20/20: "You probably can't even tell if you're drinking coffee or mud."

20/200: "You know I can still taste, though, right?"

20/20: "Oh yeah. Sorry."

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20/20: "You probably can't even tell if you're drinking coffee or mud."

20/200: "You know I can still taste, though, right?"

20/20: "Oh yeah. Sorry."

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20/20: "You probably can't even tell if you're drinking coffee or mud."

20/200: "You know I can still taste, though, right?"

20/20: "Oh yeah. Sorry."

8. Playing volleyball:

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20/20: "Aren't you constantly worried the ball is going to hit your face and break your glasses?"

20/200: "Sports like this one requires contact lenses."

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20/20: "Aren't you constantly worried the ball is going to hit your face and break your glasses?"

20/200: "Sports like this one requires contact lenses."

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20/20: "Aren't you constantly worried the ball is going to hit your face and break your glasses?"

20/200: "Sports like this one requires contact lenses."

9. Driving:

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20/20: "You must constantly get into accidents."

20/200: "On my driver's license it says 'glasses required.'"

20/20: "Seriously?"

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20/20: "You must constantly get into accidents."

20/200: "On my driver's license it says 'glasses required.'"

20/20: "Seriously?"

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20/20: "You must constantly get into accidents."

20/200: "On my driver's license it says 'glasses required.'"

20/20: "Seriously?"

10. Surviving on an uninhabited island:

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20/20: "If you could only bring one item, it would be your glasses, right?"

20/200: "Definitely."

20/20: "Even over a fire starter?"

20/200: "Yeah, because if I've got my glasses on, maybe I'll discover that the island isn't uninhabited after all."

20/20: "Whoa. Now I get how difficult it is."

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20/20: "If you could only bring one item, it would be your glasses, right?"

20/200: "Definitely."

20/20: "Even over a fire starter?"

20/200: "Yeah, because if I've got my glasses on, maybe I'll discover that the island isn't uninhabited after all."

20/20: "Whoa. Now I get how difficult it is."

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20/20: "If you could only bring one item, it would be your glasses, right?"

20/200: "Definitely."

20/20: "Even over a fire starter?"

20/200: "Yeah, because if I've got my glasses on, maybe I'll discover that the island isn't uninhabited after all."

20/20: "Whoa. Now I get how difficult it is."

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