20/20 Vision

Exploring Visual acuity, eyesight, and vision.

Let’s begin with “visual acuity” and what that means:

Visual acuity. This refers to the sharpness of our vision. At some point in your life (and probably several times), you have sat or stood before a chart (at a given distance) with one eye covered and spoke or pointed according to what you see on this stationary chart. The letters or numbers remain motionless as well. This “test” is to determine your Visual Acuity or the sharpness of your vision.

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Visual Acuity testing is typically done on high contrast situations with the eye chart configured as black letters or numbers on a background of white.

Although this method is quite conclusive to assess a person’s visual acuity or relative clarity of their eyesight in certain conditions, it fails to conclude your vision’s quality in all situations. Some of the areas the chart test fails to achieve are the:

  • Ability to detect objects which are close in brightness to their background
  • Ability to determine the color of objects
  • Ability to identify moving objects

There are three main physical and neurological elements found to determine eyesight acuity:

  1. How precisely the cornea and lens of the eye direct light onto the retina.
  2. How well the nerves in the retina and vision centers in the brain receive the signals.
  3. How comprehensively the brain can decipher the information received from the eyes

There is actually only a minimal but sensitive area in the retina called the macula. Light is focused that influences the visual acuity measurements collected in the eye exam.

Eyesight. The definitive definition of “eyesight” is a challenge to conclude. Based on which source you use, dictionary or elsewhere, Eyesight can mean anything from “vision,” “ability to see,” “the sense of seeing,” “range of sight,” or “view.” And very often, “visual acuity” and “eyesight” are used alternately.

Vision. Being a broader term than visual acuity or eyesight, the term “vision” usually encompasses a broader scope of visual capabilities and strengths, including the competence to follow moving objects with steady and systematic eye movements, color recognition, depth perception, ability to focus quickly and precisely, etc.

So What is 20/20 vision?

“20/20” vision and similar fractions (such as 20/40, 20/60, etc.) are typical visual acuity measurements. These are named after a Dutch ophthalmologist called Herman Snellen, who developed this way to measure visual acuity in 1862.

The top number of the Snellen fraction (I.E., 20/20, 20/40/, 20/60) represents the viewing distance between the patient and the eye chart. In the United States, this distance usually 20 feet, but in other countries, that distance is 6 meters.

You are tested to see if you can identify the letters on one of the smaller lines near the bottom, which is standardized to “normal” vision. If you can correctly read the line, you must have normal (20/20) visual acuity.

With the increasingly larger numbers toward the top of the chart, the ability to read each line determines which fraction on the Snellen chart best describes your “visual acuity.” If the large E at the very top of the chart is ALL you can see clearly, it is determined that you are “legally blind.”

Is it possible to see better than 20/20?

Yes, it is possible, especially with the young whose eyes are very healthy and capable of correctly identifying letters or numbers on the 20/15 line of the Snellen chart.

Two types of “Vision” that are not measured with the Snellen chart are “Hindsight” and “Foresight.”

Do you know anyone with perfect “hindsight?” I think it would be safe to say we ALL have perfect “hindsight:” It is said that hindsight is 20/20. When we can reflect and be happy and proud of a choice we made or SAD because of a wrong decision, hindsight becomes very clear.

What about “FORESIGHT?’ Some seem to be blessed with this “sight,” which isn’t really a sight per se, but the ability to visualize and conceptualize an idea or dream.

It is truly and clearly evident that Henry has STRONG Foresight with Compumatrix, which cannot be swayed by time or challenges. His “vision” is far better than 20/20 and has the shrewdness and resourcefulness to see his dream realized for all who care to follow! God Bless Henry, a man whose VISION can be shared by all who wish to Engage, Enrich and Enhance the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world.

About the author

Born in Illinois and the third oldest child of 10 children. Gail learned many lessons in life that would serve her well in her future. Patience, sharing, compassion, understanding, love, and acceptance were a way of life. Family is significant to Gail as a mother of three herself.
Gail lives by the motto "live and let live," and she takes pride in helping others. Educated, yes, but believes life is the best teacher and learning depends highly on an open mind.


  1. Nice discourse in Ophthalmology.You have differentiated very well between Acuity,Eyesight and Vision and have appreciated to vision and foresight Henry had when he conceived the concept of compumatrix and Put forth the Motto-Engage,Enhance and Enrich.Glad to be involved with Henry and all the members of Compumatrix

  2. Thank you Doc, I appreciate your kind remarks. I have always heard hindsight is 20/20 too and I think I have to agree to that. IF we retain our memory we can see clearly successes along with the failures we have made in life. Perhaps then we can make some changes to keep from repeating the failures in the future?

  3. Thank you Gail, continues this article with a very good example,work with foresight, success always follows in their footsteps,we all act very hastily in our lives,although we know this is not right,but we want to deviate from our vision and achieve this goal overnight without any effort,which is impossible for us and we get frustrated,we have a long way to go in compumatrix till life,so it is important to understand Henry’s vision, that vision will lead our lives to prosperity,If we all understood Henry’s vision then success is our future.

  4. A very true and real observation of true vision and foresight.We can not be thankful enough to God Almighty to give us this opportunity in the name of Compumatrix. And mainly to our founder Henry James, David, Gail and Erline for their all their tireless efforts to help build the our company.God Bless.

  5. Another great blog Gail. I’m legally blind, no vision in the right eye, vision in the left is 20/200, I ‘m so proud to be a part of the Compumatrix family and give many thanks to my sponsor for telling me about this wonderful opportunity and for the BOD and last but not least I’m thankful that Henry has not given up on his vision for Compumatrix.

    1. Agreed Paula , Henry never gave up on his vision and dream of Compumatrix. I have been a member of Compumatrix for Many ,many years and Henry never gave up onus either. His vision stayed sold to complete what he started. We as members will soon be able to to also see the full reality of Henry’s full vision to help the world.

  6. great info and even better reading after a thought or two — seeing is so important to having great Vision and even greater foresight — and then you do not have to worry that much about your hindsight lol — thank you for good start to this great day —

  7. Thank you for teaching me something new today, Gail! I didn’t know where the term 20/20 eyesight came from. Now I do! I believe Henry has super powers in his vision, and I’m so glad I can see it, too. He really did go to Hogwarts. I’m sure of it 🙂

  8. Hahahaha Liza I agree with you about Henry’s superpowers. He has used the spell called “Richtisempra” a few times on this business to start it all over again to make it perfect! Without his vision for this business, had he launched a few years ago, we would probably not be around any more. What is about to open for us is going to be the product of Henry’s 20/20 Vision for exactly what he wanted it to do and it’s going to be amazing!!

  9. Great read, fascinating facts (although 20/20 has taken on a whole new meaning!!). There are many visionaries who have the courage of their convictions, they are often called many things before their vision becomes a reality but when people finally grasp the concept all the blood, sweat and tears has a value all of its own! Go Henry!

  10. Nice comparison Gail. Well written. I know my hindsight is 2020. One of the reasons I have stayed on board for as long as Henry has been in the visionary situation. I know one day his dream and vision will become real and I surely want to be here to celebrate! 🙂

  11. Interesting blog Gail , Yes 20/20 Vision is more than just eye sight. Though that is important in all factors of life. twenty / twenty vision to keep life’s focus on the twenty / twenty vision in business ..home and play. My vision has been focused on compumatrix now daily for a very long time. We will soon be able to see clearly very soon.

  12. There is something else that may affect your vision and that is “astigmatism” meaning your eye balls are not perfectly round. Symptoms of astigmatism may include blurry vision, eyestrain, headaches and trouble seeing at night. But this too can be corrected with glasses.
    Moral of the story have your eyes checked 🙂

  13. I love this analogy of 20/20 Vision and the “VISION” of our founder! I agree with the author when it is stated that Henry is one of those whose vision is GREATER than 20/20. All of us can look back and say “we should have done this.” that is 2020 hindsight. But as we look ahead into the unknown, only those with 20/20 vision or greater can see what the future can and will become!

  14. The Bible states that people perish from a lack of Vision. It also talks about writing it down and making it plain so he who reads it can run with it. What is your prepared vision for when Compumatrix finally goes live? Are yo ready…can you see your vision better the 20/20?

  15. A very informative “eye” lesson. My favorite take–away is the definitions and reminder that we have hind-sight (what happens from our choices in the past and how we react)) and fore-sight which is the ability to see ahead into the future and form a concept/dream. We members are all, I’m thinking, very grateful that Henry and his team have this 20-20 ability which he has shared with us all!

  16. Thanks for the blog Gail, the info you find online is you share is amazing. I love the bitcoin class you shared, I still view them all. I see it when you post so it’s a double dose. I believe your correct on vision. Some people have a muddled dirty screen in their view, while others have a nice a clean View. Some views take people nowhere while others thrive. Could be some attitude it there but if you don’t try to see things, the way everyone does it’s hard. Like my boss she comes in yelling everyday. Her view of life is a crap storm. She throws it at me and I just throw it right back. In a nice way of course but it’s her company and she only wants to see things from her point. Not mine the one she bellows at everyday. I’d love for her view of life to be cleaned up. In the mean time I focus on my life and compumatrix and know that not because of this company, although I hope it’s so. I’ll be able to lay all my work on her desk with a big red bow along with my keys as I walk out. She can watch my rear view.

  17. When we ascribe the term “Visionary” to a person, we are acknowledging that that person is able to see the possibilities which may lie ahead, while the majority just see the future by what the past has led us to expect.
    In hindsight, we have concluded that all of the MLM’s, etc., that we fell prey to in the past were a waste of money, time, hope, and expectations.
    I am so fortunate that I was introduced to CNII years ago and that I can take part in Henry’s vision. He is a true Visionary!

  18. Gail’s article is very descriptive and gives a profound insight into different aspects of visualizing – both with our eyes and being able to foresee and forecast ( future predictions ). There is absolutely no doubt about Henry ‘s extraordinary talent in being able to create such a precious gift – Compumatrix, the result of his efforts. We can now see this BIG PICTURE unfolding before us.

    1. Hi there Raju , I agree very much with you posting here about future predications. I have been with Henry from the start and that is my 20/20 vision .. I always believed in Henry and his dream ..Though I must admit never thought I be here this long along with Henry. The CDAP is about to open now ,the timing is right and our vision was spot on .. 20/20

  19. Thank you Gail. Informative as always. Sight comes from the old english word gesihth – gesicht in german. Nice segue from our physical ability to see to our ability to perceive. Ultimately it is our ability to envision the future that propels us forward, as we are doing here at Compumatrix.

  20. Gail, it is funny you wrote this blog, for I was told my eyesight is dwindling faster due to macular degeneration. It was a shock and I instantly looked for herbs to help it.

    But yes, Hindsight is always 20/20, if one pays attention to life; we see our goals, triumphs, and failures and hopefully we learn from all of this, and grow as an individual! But, as for Foresight, I was not as blessed with this unique and so rare a tool, but I do have the ability to take things already available, and thought out, and find ways to make them better and for this I thank God!

  21. Again, another thought provoking blog Gail . There is more to seeing than having a 20/20 vision in eye sight alone. We all focus on every day jobs. Whether it is a color scheme for the living room or the future of being in a home based business or one with a store front . . All these and more take a 20/20 vision .

  22. Very interesting this article, I never really understood what 20/20 visual acuity means. I have been wearing glasses since I was a teenager and thank God my degree doesn’t increase that much. Now as I get older I am beginning to feel tired (presbyopia) and I confess that it is not pleasant, but it is part of life …

  23. Gail this is a very good post, it took me back to school to learn about the eyes. When it talks about 20/20 t0 me it means you can see everything not missing anything. Hindsight is stuff I missed and it is too late to go back to and pick it up. Foresight is things that are in front of me and I have not seen it yet. Gail this blog really opened my eyes.

  24. Interesting Blog, Gail! When I was younger my visual acuity was excellent and I could see very little things and objects with details at a relatively long distance. When I turned 42 things changed and my visual acuity started to deteriorate to read up close but I still have a good vision for long distances. So nowadays I have to use glasses when I sit at the computer or read books. Well, these are those things that come with age. lol

  25. Gail,l I am flabbergasted! Reading this blog is eye-opening. As I read, I saw many possibilities in my mind’s eye. I sensed significant development in us and our Compumatrix business. I am thankful for Henry’s vision and those who saw his vision and opened my eyes to see it. Who for-saw ourselves at this place in this time? Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  26. Thank you Gail, very interesting read about vision, both literal and imaginative. Working with doctors, I had the opportunity to see first hand how young people are ruining their sight or vision by computers and especially cell phones. Children are addicted to their cell phones and many develop stigmatism, time and time eye doctors advise them to stop playing or reading too much on their cell phones, but we know that things will get worse, not better for the young people as well as anyone who uses electronics excessively. Visionaries are in the other hand those people who can dream about things in the future and make it a reality no matter the cost. Many people immigrate to the US having the vision of making a better life for them and their families here, pursuing the American Dream.

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