eye charts

Do typographers and type designers have an unfair advantage when reading eye charts? While sitting at my optometrist’s office last week, I wondered if my years spent researching and using letterforms gave me some sort of visual acuity performance edge.

Optometrist: Can you read Line Three, please?

Long pause.

Me: (Sigh) Well, I know the second letter is a P. But I’m not sure if I’m actually reading the P or if it’s just because I know it’s a P by the heavier typographic color of the bowl in the top right area of the letter.

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