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How do I read my eyeglass prescription?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

When you leave your eye exam and are looking over your eyeglass prescription, you're probably wondering, "What on earth do all these numbers mean?"


First, let's start with some vocabulary:

1. Hyperopia - "far-sighted", you see things better far away without glasses

2. Myopia - "near-sighted", you see things better up close without glasses

3. Astigmatism - you might notice distortion/blurry vision both far away and up close

4. Presbyopia - you need reading glasses


Second, you have a prescription for each eye. You'd think we'd identify your right and left eye by the letters "R" and "L"