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About Your Prescription

Getting Your Prescription

Your Optometrist is legally obliged to give you a copy of your prescription after your eye test so don't forget to ask for a copy.

In order for your prescription to be valid, you must be over 18 years of age, not registered blind or partially blind and your Eye test must have taken place within the last two years.

If you are over 70 years of age your eye test must be less than one year old.

Reading Your Prescription

Although the exact terminology may differ slightly, all prescriptions contain the information necessary for an optical technician to create the appropriate corrective lenses for your vision.

Your Optometrist will advise you which type of glasses you require and you should enter that as the ADD LENSES part of the Order process.

If you have problems seeing distant objects you should select Distance – Single Vision.

If you difficulties reading small print you should select Reading – Single Vision.

If you problems with Distance and close-up, then select Progressive or Bifocal as appropriate. See Choosing Multifocal Lenses for more details.

If you have all the appropriate information then Select Your Glasses Type then Enter your Prescription Details in the ADD LENSES section of the Order process. If any fields of your prescription are blank then leave them empty on the prescription form.

You can also send us a copy of your prescription by e-mail to or fax it to us. You can also upload a copy from your computer or you can, of course, contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Understanding Your Prescription

Prescriptions are generally all written in a similar format although the information can sometimes be presented in a slightly confusing manner, particularly handwritten ones.

To place an order with us, you need to select ADD LENSES after you have chosen your frame, then select the type of corrective lenses you wish to buy before filling in your prescription details. Please how How to Order Glasses Online for more details.

There are several options available and we have given examples of how to enter the details in our Order process for each scenario - in general, your Optician will have told you what type of prescription you need when you have your Eye Exam but if you are unsure then don't hesitate to contact us and we can help you out.

If you're only order Fashion glasses then you don't need a prescription. Similarly if you want non-prescription Readers (OTC) then you'll only need to provide the required magnification. See Readers (OTC) for details.

We've provided some typical examples of prescriptions along with explanations of how you would enter these on our prescription page. 

Example 1a: Distance – Single Vision prescription

There are several distinct cases for when you would choose Distance - Single Vision in

Simple Rx Example

would be entered as

Our Rx - Simple Example

Example 1b: Distance - Single Vision Prescription with ADD values

Multifocal Example

If your prescription has ADD figures as above (which may also be marked as Near Add, N.V. or only Near), which are normally seen in prescriptions for people aged over 45 and relate to the need for increased magnification for reading close up small print, but you only wish to buy glasses for Distance Vision then select Distance - Single Vision and simply ignore the ADD figures when you are entering your prescription as below:

Our Rx - Simple Example

However, if you ONLY wish to use your glasses for close-up reading then you should select the Reading - Single Vision option and provide all the details, including the ADD

If, on the other hand, we wish to have both Distance and close-up correction then you should select a Multi-focal option - Progressive or Bifocal.

Example 2: Reading - Single Vision

This prescription could also be for Multifocals, but if you ONLY want single vision glasses for reading close-up then select Reading - Single Vision and the following:

Multifocal Example


would be entered as


Multifocal Prescription

Example 3: Multifocal Prescriptions –
Progressive or Bifocal.

The multifocal/varifocal prescriptions correct for distance and also for closer-up readings so it is important to clearly indicate as part of the order process that you wish multifocal lenses as these are more complex than single vision lenses. For information on which multifocal lens to choose see Choosing the Right Type of Glasses

In the following example, the multifocal prescription that the patient is short-sighted (myopic) for distant objects but also need a correction for reading close up (presbyopic).Multifocal Example

would be entered as

Multifocal Prescription


Example 4: Readers (OTC) - non-prescription reading glasses


You don't need a prescription for these, just enter the desired magnification as below as you would when buying them over the counter.

Readers (OTC) - Power

Example 5: Prescription with Prism Values

Certain prescriptions required Prism Values in order for the Optometrist to be able to mount the lenses correctly. They are normally not present on a prescription and you do not need to include them but, as in the following example, they are:

Prism Values Example

would be entered as

Our Prism Values example

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