Understanding Your Prescription

Ordering Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses  

1. Obtain a copy of your prescription

Before you place an order, you will need a copy of your prescription from a previous eye test. Just ask the optician who issued your glasses prescription - they are required by law to provide it for you. Please request the original prescription where possible, not a copy. (Please note that you cannot use a contact lens prescription). As long as it is less than 2 years old or less than one year old if you are over 70 years of age, you can use it. This is a necessary requirement as your eyes may change over time. If it is older, you will need to go to your local registered optician and have your eyes tested.

Following your eye test, the optician is obliged to give you a copy of your prescription. You are under no obligation to purchase a pair of glasses from that same shop. Please ask your optician to include your Pupillary Distance measurement in your prescription, this is sometimes omitted.

 

2. Understanding your prescription

Most prescriptions are straightforward and will only require you to enter your spheres. However, for a full explanation please follow the guidelines below: 

 

Right (R) and left (L) eyes

These measurements are specific to your right and left eye as indicated. Please make sure your right eye prescription goes in the right eye box’s and vice versa for left eye.

Note:

  • Right can be shown as ‘R’ and Left by ‘L’

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Right and Left Eye Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription: 

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Right and Left EyePrescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Right and Left Eye prescription sports glasses and sunglasses

 

 

 

Sphere (SPH)

Enter your Spheres. Your sphere, sometimes denoted by ‘SPH’ on some prescription forms, indicates how long sighted or short sighted you are. A higher number shows the strength of lens required. If you are short sighted it will be corrected by a negative (-) sphere value and conversely if long sighed by a positive (+) value.

Note :

  • Some opticians place the + or – sign above the value and might not include the decimal place. I.e. +1.75 might read +175. Please enter information as guided with the decimal place.

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Sphere (SPH)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Sphere (SPH)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

 

Cylinder (CYL)

Your cylinder power, sometimes shown as ‘CYL’, reflects the amount of correction required for your astigmatism (refers to the amount of distortion in your eye. I.e. is it round or more like a rugby ball). If you do not have an astigmatism you can leave this blank.

Note :

  • Some opticians place the + or – sign above the value and might not include the decimal place. I.e. +1.75 might read +175. Still enter information as guided with the decimal place.
  • If you have a ‘DS’ in the cylinder column, it means that you do not have an astigmatism. Just enter DS.
  • If you have a cylinder reading on your prescription then you must have an axis reading. Please make sure both are entered.

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Cylinder (CYL)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Cylinder (CYL)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

 

Axis

If you have an axis reading, it shows the direction of your astigmatism. 

Note:

  • If you have an axis reading on your prescription then you must have a cylinder reading. Please make sure both are entered.

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example AxisPrescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example AxisPrescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

Near Addition (ADD)

The near addition power, sometimes shown as ‘ADD’ or ‘Near’ shows how much additional power you require to focus for reading or close up.

Note:

  • Near addition is always a positive (+) value

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Near Addition (ADD)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Near Addition (ADD)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

Intermediate Addition (ADD)

 The intermediate addition power, sometimes shown as ‘INT’ or ‘VDU prescription’ shows how much additional power you require to focus at an intermediate distance.

Note:

  • Intermediate addition is always a positive (+) value

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Intermediate Addition (ADD)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Intermediate Addition (ADD)Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

 

Prism UP/Down, In/Out:

Your prism helps your eyes to work together more comfortably by correcting their muscle balance.

Note:

  • If you have a prism correction, you will also have a base direction that will state one of the following -  Up, Down, In or Out. Down might be indicated by ‘DN’
  • You might have more than one Prism value per eye. You will have a Base direction for each Prism correction.
  • The example below shows the prism required for distance. You will use the H-Near and V-Near prism for reading as this might be different from your distance prism.

Example of an NHS Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- NHS example Prism UP/Down, In/OutPrescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

 

 

 

Example of a Specsavers Prescription:

Understanding Your Prescription- Specsavers example Prism UP/Down, In/OutPrescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women

 

3. Loading your prescription into our system

Armed with your prescription you are now ready to browse our product categories. Once a frame has been selected, click on the prescription options and you will be directed to the prescriptions tab. Choose the prescription package you require within the prescriptions tab and then follow the screen request to enter all your prescription details for that particular package. If you are unsure about anything, just click on the help icons at any stage and it will provide additional guidance.

 

What is the main purpose of your prescription?

This is important as it will affect how the lens is made. Click on the button that is appropriate for you.

What is the Main Purpose of your Prescription? Distance Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and womenDistance – For everyday use, you need your glasses to see things in the distance i.e. for driving or sports activities.         

What is the Main Purpose of your Prescription? Reading Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and women Reading – For near vision. Required for close up work such as reading documents or books.

What is the Main Purpose of your Prescription? Intermediate Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and womenIntermediate – Required for seeing things at arm’s length such as working on computers or playing music. 

What is the Main Purpose of your Prescription? Bifocal Prescriptions glasses and sunglasses men and womenBifocal – Require one prescription for both distance vision and reading i.e. needed for both driving and being able to read a map.

 

Not all information on your prescription might be required. If we don’t have an input box for your details, don’t worry, it won’t be needed. Our optician will check your details prior to processing the order and contact you if there are any issues. Once you have input your prescription, it will remain in a secure location on our server along with your account details to facilitate future orders. Only you will be able to access this information when you log in, and have the facility to amend or delete this information at any time.

If you have any difficulty or cannot read your prescription we will try our best to help you. You can call us on 01937 835 766 if you reside in the UK and on +44 1937 835 766 if outside the UK. If the prescription is difficult to read, it would be helpful if you can fax or email a copy to us on 01937 834577 or hello@eyekit.co respectively. Alternatively, you can post the prescription to Eyekit Limited, Elmwood, Main Street, Ulleskelf, North Yorkshire, LS24 9DU.

Please make sure you order your eyewear prior to sending your prescription and include on any correspondence - your order reference number, name and email address. This will ensure we can match your prescription with your eyewear.