How to Read the Prescription for Your Eyeglasses
Learning to understand your eyeglasses prescription is tricky but necessary, this friendlyguide simplifies the process.An updated eyeglasses prescription is the first step to being able to buy stylish andaffordable glasses online. Unfortunately, so few understand what is written on that pieceof paper that it makes filling out the order form really difficult and often results inmistakes that end up causing errors in the manufacture of your new eyeglasses.Learning what all those signs and symbols mean is crucial to you being in control of your visual health.So let’s get started with a very brief explanation of what the abbreviations on your prescription really mean:
which means your right eye
which means your left eye
- the main part of your prescription. It states the strength of your prescription in diopter.
- indicating the strength of your astigmatism (if you have one).
is the rotation of the cylindrical lens (CYL) that runs on a plane of 1-180 degrees.
- which means there is no vision correction needed (basically you wantframes fitted with clear glass lenses for fashion purposes).
- sometimes it says NVO
is short for
is the distance between your pupils or
means progressive additive lens and it is the additional value for your progressivelenses.
means that one eye has a prescription and the other eye has no useful vision.
is short for
happens when both eyes are not properly aligned and they need a prism to re-align them.
is the rotation of the prism. The prescription will read:
Every doctor writes their prescription differently so one really needs to take note of theabbreviations and work out the meaning accordingly.Note: the numerical values will always be written with either plus (+) or a minus (-) signin the SPH as well as the CYL and ADD. These signs are probably the most crucial of the whole prescription as mixing them up will determine how and whether at all you cansee.As noted above, SPHERE (SPH)
strength of your prescription in 0.25 increments.Nearsighted (problems seeing in the distance) people will usually have a minus (-) signin their sphere while farsighted (problems seeing up close) people will have a plus (+) intheir prescriptions.