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Eye charts from around the globe

The Brave New Words blog recently ran a post on the Multilingual Eye Chart developed by John Yunker. It raised a good question: In non-Latin-alphabet-employing countries, what do people use for eye charts when they go to the optometrist?

Interested, I searched for eye chart from around the world. Here is what I found:


Eye chart for United States, United Kingdom

Japanese eye chart

Yiddish eye chart

Korean eye chart

Arabic eye chart

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  1. Anonymous said...
    Dear blogger,
    Please allow me to inform you that the characters on chart 3 are Hebrew letters, used also in Yiddish and other Jewish languages developed through centuries
    amaxson said...
    @ Anonymous:
    You are absolutely correct. Yiddish uses the Hebrew alphabet for written language. More information on Yiddish can be found here:

    It seems the eye chart for Yiddish is the same as the eye chart used for Hebrew, from my internet research. Does anyone know if there are different eye charts for Yiddish and Hebrew?

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