A Day in my Life: The Eye Exam

The Eyeglasses Prescription After Several (I Lost Count) Years


I had to get an eye exam on yesterday (12/15/17) because the year is coming to an end & I needed to use my Vision Insurance. I know my eyes were bad years ago after having to get the lenses rolled & polished to help with the thickness. I have been wearing glasses since I was in the eighth (8th) grade & now that I am older I felt the need to share the results of my prescription


After having my eyes examed I asked the doctor had my eyes gotten worse, so he said I will be more than happy to measure your current eyeglasses. OH MY GOD, I really wanted to scream……girl-2584728_1920.jpg because now I have to wear no line bifocials, but hey it’s all apart of my well aging…I’m Antique! Yet well polished to be 45 makhmutova-dina-276123.jpgPhoto by Makhmutova Dina on Unsplash

I am nearsighted (not seeing things in the distance) & I have been since I first started with wearing glasses. This minor infarction formed from sitting too close to the damn T.V. Oh well they have been a part of my everyday life for quite sometimes now & they are a must have.



Now! I am all done, the exam is complete & I was given a copy of my prescription & didn’t have a clue what the numbers or abbreviations on the prescription meant. To be honest I never was interested until now because the numbers didn’t look the same. Asking the doctor would have not broke it down in the terms I need for my clear understanding, so I turned to my friend “Google”

I researched an article on How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription by Gary Heiting, OD to help me understand my prescription after all these years. I just knew my vision had begun to progress more for my age because I had started looking over my glasses or take them off & bring somethings closer just to read. Damn why did I neglect my eyes all these years. scott-van-daalen-202643.jpgPhoto by Scott Van Daalen on Unsplash

The abbreviations on your prescription maybe different so you can also refer back to the article that I listed above or referenced at the end of this post.

My Prescription:

DIST: (R) SPH -600 CYL -025 AXIS 95

DIST: (L) SPH -575 CYL -050 AXIS 85

ADD: (R) +125

ADD: (L) +125


  • High Index
  • Progressive Lenses

Other: Polish

Breaking Down My Eyeglass Prescription

*Distance (DIST) is the power of the lens the doctor prescribes so I can see things in the distance. This is determined by reading the eye chart in front of you.

*Sphere (SPH) is measured in diopters to get my vision corrected to 20/20. The (-) minus is for nearsightedness (Myopia). When this number is far from zero the correction needed will be greater.

*Cylinder (CYL) is the power in the lenses to correct an astigmetism. The (-) minus or (+) plus sign with this number will aid in determining the lenses prescribed by the doctor.

*AXIS will be a number from 1 to 180 to determine where the cylinder power of the lenses will be located to correct the astigmatism. Cylinder power in the lenses will run asymmetrically appearing in only one meridian  of the lenses. The axis ( I am pretty sure you all have figured it out by now that my progressive lenses will be no line bifocials) is the base of the meridian and contains sphere power located 90 degrees from the meridian where te cylinder power is located.

*ADD this power is magnifying and added to the distance. This restores my nearsightedness because I am an antique adult & therefore can’t escape presbyopia. These numbers are usually the same ranging from +0.75D to +3.00D.


  • High Index- literally means thin lenses because they would be coke bottle thick
  • Progressive Lenses- because I am 40 (+) it will offer a younger appearance and they offer so many other advantages.

Other: Polish (rolled & polished) lenses is just a little extra madness so I can remain young & sexy.

My Finances: Crying

The Vision Insurance only paid for one lens basically: WTF


One Lens:$168.00

One Lens:$168.00



Third Party-$169.80 (INSURANCE)

My debit card is offended for $258.74


Article Reference:

Heiting, G. OD., (2017, August) How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription [Web Blog Post]. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from http://www.allaboutvision.com/eyeglasses/eyeglass-prescription.htm

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