Do My New Eyeglass Prescriptions Make Sense?

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Jerry Werner, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. Jerry Werner

    Jerry Werner Guest

    I just went to a new opthalmologist for a checkup (I'm very
    nearsighted and have a lot of "floaters"), and got a new eyeglass
    prescription. I like my old eyeglass prescription just fine, but it's
    over 2 years old now and my old glasses are getting worn out.

    Here's my original (2+ year old) prescription:

    R Sph: -7.25, Cyl: -100, Axis: 095
    L Sph: -5.75, Cyl: -150, Axis: 090
    R +175 (for bifocals)
    L +175 (for bifocals)

    I have two new prescriptions from the ophalmologist -- one for
    normal/distance viewing, and one for when I work on the computer. The
    prescription is very terse, by the way.

    Normal viewing:

    -8.00 -1.00 103
    -6.00 -1.50 102

    For computer use:

    -7.00 -11.00 103
    -5.00 -11.50 102
    +1.25 (presumably for bifocals)

    Do these new prescriptions make sense? Which one seems closest to my
    original prescription? I'm 53 years old -- isn't the opthalmologist
    prescribing too low of a bifocal?

    Any help and advice would be most appreciated. I'd like to know that
    the new prescription makes sense before plopping down a couple hundred
    bucks for new glasses.

    Jerry Werner, Sep 20, 2004
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  3. Jerry Werner

    Dom Guest

    The new prescriptions make sense on the whole... the -11.00 and -11.50
    are either a typo or misinterpretation: as another poster has already
    said, anyone making your glasses would spot this error immediately and
    know how to correct it.

    The normal viewing pair is a little stronger than your current pair,
    which should give you improved distance vision. However it looks like
    this is not to be a bifocal, so you wouldn't be able to read with this
    pair, and would have to swap to the other pair to read (judging by the
    information you have given).

    The computer pair appears to be focussed for computer use in the top
    section, and for normal reading position in the bottom section. Your
    long distance vision would not be that great while wearing your
    "computer" pair. This pair is set for a computer distance in theory of 1
    metre, or in practice, a range of 75-125 cm (roughly!). If your computer
    is closer than this, then this strength may not be ideal. The bottom
    section, though, should be fine for normal reading.

    Have you considered progressive lenses? The advantage would be that you
    could use one pair for everything, rather than having to use two
    separate pairs.

    Dom, Sep 21, 2004
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