Top 4 Ways To Cheat On Your Eye Exam

Avoiding these pitfalls can help you get a good exam and keep your eyes in top form

Dr. Daniel Laby
6 min readJan 12


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Cheating on your eye exam not only hurts you but is a serious offense and can have serious consequences both in terms of your own vision as well as legally. It is essential to understand the risks involved and the methods that some use to cheat, in order to avoid harming yourself and possibly others.

First of all, it’s important to understand what the eye exam is. The eye exam is not a test in school. Instead, it is designed to help your eye care provider, who is trying to help you, be certain that your eyes and visual system are working optimally to your advantage.

Now, it’s true that sometimes the eye exam is used as a test, for example, to get a driver’s license, but even then the intent is to keep you, as well as everyone else on the road, safe. Cheating on any eye exam is never a good thing and only leads to trouble in the future. In this document, we’ll review the top four ways people cheat on the exam, not as a way to teach you how to cheat but instead as a way to help you avoid having an invalid exam.

Memorizing the eye chart

The most common way people try to cheat on an eye exam is by memorizing the answers. This method requires a person to memorize the eye chart which is used during the exam. It is important to remember that this method is only effective if the person is able to recall the answers accurately. It is also important to note that this method is not foolproof and is likely to be detected by the person administering the exam.

In the past, eye charts were simply posters that were hung on a wall at a specific distance from the subject. In those times, it was easy to memorize the eye chart since it never changed from eye to eye or test to test. Recently, most eye care providers have moved to computerized vision testing systems. With these systems, the tester is able to randomize the letter targets making it essentially impossible to memorize the chart and making this method of cheating obsolete.



Dr. Daniel Laby

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