Need some help figuring out which part of your prescription is for your reading correction? Continue with us to find out a quick and simple answer, as well as how you can determine what’s right for an over-the-counter pair of readers.
What Part of My Eye Prescription is for Reading?
Watch as Eyeglass Tyler briefly discusses which part of your prescription is for reading, and provides some tips on over-the-counter readers.
You can find your reading correction on your prescription in the add (+) column. This number corrects for presbyopia, the age-related eye condition almost all of us experience around our 40s when reading becomes difficult. In simplistic terms, your reading prescription is like a magnifying glass on the front of your lens.
Note that it’s also possible to have a prescription for reading correction only, and no distance correction whatsoever. For more details on how to read your prescription, head over to Understanding Your Prescription.
While most people have a prescription that’s more complicated than a simple over-the-counter pair of readers will correct for, they can work well if you have a sphere correction and no astigmatism. A sphere correction is the same for both the right and left eye.
From there figuring out your reader prescription is basic math, really. For example, if you have a +1 in the sphere column and a +2 in the add, you need a +3 for reading glasses. Similarly, if you have a -1 in the sphere and a +2 in the add column, you need a +1 for reading.
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