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Key Features

  • Adjustable Contrast
  • Three different distances (40cm, 2M, 3M)
  • Both Snellen and Meter Units displayed
  • Available now for the iPad and iPhone
  • Option to have the App read out the displayed letters for self-checking
  • Coming soon to Android


The iPad Variable Contrast Acuity Charts are used to test visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. Letter sizes change in a progression which result in every three rows representing a halving or doubling of visual acuity levels. This allows for better interpretation of visual acuity because a three line difference in the higher acuity ranges represents the same degree of change as a three line difference in the lower acuity ranges. Also, the separation between optotypes for each row has been standardized to be proportional to the size of the optotypes. This results in smaller spacing in the higher visual acuity levels, and wider spacing in the lower visual acuity levels. This method of visual acuity testing was based on the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study Distance Visual Acuity Chart. 

Contrast refers to the darkness of the object compared to the lightness of the background. The highest quality print may have 85 to 95% contrast. US paper currency is printed with 55 to 60% contrast. A gray car approaching an intersection on a shaded street has approximately a 30% contrast, whereas a dark car on a sunny street may have approximately 80% contrast. 

Significant loss of contrast sensitivity is common among low vision patients. Advanced diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and neurological disease such as MS, Parkinson Disease, Stoke, and Traumatic Brain Injury, are strongly associated with significantly reduced contrast sensitivity.

Uniqueness of the iPad Variable Contrast Acuity Charts

Whereas conventional eye charts test visual acuity at one level of contrast, the iPad Variable Contrast Acuity Charts can measure visual acuity at 100% contrast (the highest contrast) to 1.25% contrast (the lowest contrast). Also, visual acuity can be tested at three different distances; 40 cm (16 inches), 2 meters (6.5 feet), and 3 meters (10 feet) whereas most conventional eye charts can be used at only one distance. The iPad Contrast Sensitivity Eye Charts' ease-of-use allows for assessment of contrast sensitivity without requiring a separate visit and lengthy testing with separate charts. Visual acuity is designated in Snellen equivalents as well as Meter Units (M System).


20/25 to 20/4000
0.5M to 25M


0.5M to 80M
20/25 to 20/1250