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Optical Prescription - What strength glasses for reading?

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jazzyjazzy Forumite
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I had an eye test prior to the coronavirus lockdown and never got around to ordering a new set of glasses. Hopefully I can pick up a set of reading glasses for near distance reading for a temporary measure until things get back to normal. I cannot work out strength for reading going by my optical prescription. Please could you someone help to decipher the prescription?  
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  • qskqsk Forumite
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    "Near: +1.75"
  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
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    The near is added onto the distance though - so +3 to +3.5.  I'd buy a really cheap pair of +3 and see how you get on.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
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    Spoonie_TurtleSpoonie_Turtle Forumite
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    edited 29 May at 5:51PM
    qsk said:
    "Near: +1.75"
     +1.75 would only be if OP puts the reading glasses over their existing glasses, surely?

    For a single pair to be used just for reading, I should think it'd either be +3.50 or +3.0, or split the difference at +3.25.
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    qsk said:
    "Near: +1.75"
    Are you sure? Near is +1.75 ADD. Doesn't that mean it needs adding to the distance figure? 
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    avoidtheupsidedownbottlesavoidtheupsidedownbottles Forumite
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    edited 29 May at 5:58PM
    Wander into an outlet such as Boots, Wilkinsons / Wilko,  or even Poundland and try a few strengths.
  • jazzyjazzy Forumite
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    Thanks for the replies, although I am still confused.
    Why is there no information for my right eye on the 'near' reading?
  • MoneySeeker1MoneySeeker1 Forumite
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    I don't know what's what on measurements myself - but just take the precaution anyway of keeping my prescription to hand in case I need to give it to an optician.

    My reading glasses broke on me some days ago - darn it...just the wrong time (being **** Lockdown at the moment). I was wondering about going to an Internet firm (as I've done a couple of times before) - but, in the event, looked up Specsavers website and left a message for them to phone me. I was phoned back by the local Specsavers a couple of days later. Told them the problem and read my prescription back to them exactly as written (albeit from my most recent eyetest - done by another optician). Their response was - "We wouldnt normally take it as read from you just telling us verbally - with it being from a different optician. But, because of Lockdown, we are currently".

    So - read them the prescription. Told them the glasses I'd picked out as "likely" from their website. They told me they were very similar sizing to previous ones I'd had from them and would be suitable. Paid them for them (at price their website said) and they even said they'd come and deliver them to me specially (as I live nearby) when they're ready soon.

    Can't complain about that...
    The history books of the future will condemn us - long and hard - for imposing Lockdown.

    4.5 million people in Britain alone forced into being unpaid carers by Lockdown
    Uncounted number of Lockdown Suicides
    Uncounted number of people dying or suffering more harshly from other illnesses
    Millions are or will lose income.



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    jazzy said:
    Thanks for the replies, although I am still confused.
    Why is there no information for my right eye on the 'near' reading?
    When it's the same for both they just leave it like that.
  • amandacatamandacat Forumite
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    You're long sighted with a reading prescription on top. One eye would need about 3.50 and the other about 3. Try some cheap readers on in somewhere like B&M and look at some writing on your phone or pick up a bottle of shampoo or similar and read the label to see which you can most comfortably read with. Failing that, order a pair of cheapies from an on online glasses shop, give them your prescription and state you want them for near vision. They will then make the lenses in each eye specific to your prescription and will adjust for the minor astigmatism in your left eye. 
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