Written by True Eye Experts
Reading your eye prescription can be tricky – there are many symbols and numbers to decipher. However, we shouldn’t ask ourselves “how bad is my eye prescription?” but rather how can we best correct our vision to improve our eyesight?
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when reading all those numbers and symbols, but they are just a way to convey common eye problems. We have the answers to all your questions about eye prescriptions here.
There are rows labeled “O.D.” and “O.S.” on any vision prescription. The first, O.D. or oculus dexterous, is for your right eye, and the latter, O.S. or oculus sinister, is for your left. “O.U.,” also known as oculus ulterque, refers to both eyes. However, the symbols and abbreviations go beyond identifying each eye.
Here’s a quick guide on how to read your prescription:
Remember, your prescription isn’t “bad.” Your eyes simply need help to see better. Your prescription is a measurement that indicates what is required to keep your vision at its very best. The aim of wearing glasses or contact lenses is to correct your vision.
Everyone’s eyesight changes over time due to aging. For example, a child’s vision doesn’t fully develop until seven years old. An adult’s eyesight also evolves, but those changes are often more gradual than that of children.
With age, the eye and its muscles become weaker and stiffer, making it harder for the eyes to adjust to light and darkness and can make it difficult to see when driving at night.
Some common eye conditions include:
To maintain optimal eye health, you should schedule an eye exam once per year. An annual eye exam does more than determine your prescription. By visiting your optometrist regularly, you are more likely to detect eye conditions or diseases early.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with one of our True Eye Experts today:
Of course, if you can’t remember the date of your last appointment, it’s time to schedule an eye exam. An annual exam is the best way to ensure you update your prescription regularly.
If you need help reading your vision prescription, reach out to your eye doctor to help better understand it. While eyesight changes over time, it’s not a matter of “how bad is my eye prescription,” but rather “what’s the best corrective solution for my vision?” To ensure you’re achieving your optimal vision and eye health, book your annual eye appointment today.
Our mission at True Eye Experts is simple — provide the best possible care to our patients. We make sure we’re doing this a few different ways. Our V-Eye-P Exam is one of the most comprehensive eye exams in the industry. We use state-of-the-art medical technology to screen, diagnose, and treat more conditions than most other providers in the area. We have an extensive collection of designer eyewear that can complement any patient’s face, style, and budget, and our advanced contact lens fitting process can help even “hard-to-fit” patients wear contacts comfortably. Book an appointment online at one of our True Eye Experts locations, conveniently located throughout Central Florida. Have questions or prefer to book over the phone? Give us a call today.
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