Eyeglass prescription question

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Blasterbot5555, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. This is the eyeglass prescription (that I got today) for my left eye,
    which I'm copying exactly as written:

    -50 -1.25 x 85

    I was just surfing around to try and gage how bad that is, and the -50
    number doesn't seem to correspond to the usual measurement system,
    which looks like it generally runs from -12 to +8. Assuming my eye is
    not completely off the charts, I'm thinking it's shorthand for either
    -0.50 or -5.0. Anyone know which one it is?
     
    Blasterbot5555, Aug 19, 2007
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  2. Blasterbot5555

    Ms.Brainy Guest

    If you can read the computer monitor witout glasses, it's probably
    -0.50. If you see only a blur it's probably -5.00.
     
    Ms.Brainy, Aug 19, 2007
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  3. Blasterbot5555

    Mark A Guest

    It is probably -.50, which is a very mild near sightedness. But you do have
    an astigmatism that needs correcting (the -1.25 at 85 degrees). If by some
    chance it is supposed to be -5.00, then you are going to have trouble if you
    take it somewhere else to get glasses because they will make them with -.50.
     
    Mark A, Aug 19, 2007
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  4. Thanks to everyone who answered. Based on what you all said, it sounds
    like it's -.50. Which is surprising, because just from a numbers
    standpoint, I would have guessed it was the other one. But "very mild
    near-sightedness" sounds more like my vision than "sees the computer
    monitor as a blur."
     
    Blasterbot5555, Aug 19, 2007
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  5. Blasterbot5555

    Mark A Guest

    Actually, -5.00 would be more like "sees the distance as a blur". If your
    monitor was close enough, you might be able to see it with a -5.00 (since
    you are nearsighted).
     
    Mark A, Aug 19, 2007
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  6. Blasterbot5555

    DoctorRick Guest

    You are slightly nearsighted with some astigmatism. the "-1.25 x 85"
    part of the prescription describes the astigmatism.

    The prescription is fairly mild and I would bet that a computer screen
    looks pretty good without any glasses or contact lenses on.
     
    DoctorRick, Aug 19, 2007
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