When you purchase your new pair of eyeglasses and get a glimpse at the price tag, don’t get that “deer in the headlights” look of surprise and confusion. Did you know that your eye glass prescription is directly related to the cost of your eyeglasses? The reason being, the stronger your prescription, the more difficult they are to manufacture and the more expensive your set of eyewear will be. As an informed consumer, you should know your eye prescription, how to read it and how it relates to the price of your eyeglasses. By law your provider must give you a copy of your prescription if you ask for it, and knowing how to read it can help you understand a lot about your eyes.
Your visit with the optometrist or ophthalmologist consists of two exams. One is medically based, checking the entire structure of the eye for signs of disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, bleeding eye vessels (which would indicate diabetic retinopathy), or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The other exam is a refraction test which will determine your eyeglass prescription. Answering the questions “which is better – this or that” as the provider flips through different lenses will result in your exact lens prescription.
If you need corrective lenses, then you were diagnosed as near-sighted (myopia), far-sighted (presbyopia) or as having astigmatism (when the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball). Here is what you need to know and how to read or translate an eye glass prescription.
Not only does the power of your lens effect the price, eye glass lenses get progressively more expensive from single vision, to bifocal, to progressive. Contact us to learn about the options available to fit your eyeglass prescription.
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