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Which prescription details do I need to order varifocals?

Sphere (S/SPH)

The sphere value indicates the strength of your glasses. You can find this on your current prescription abbreviated to S or SPH. If you are long-sighted, the number will be preceded by a plus symbol (+).  If you are short-sighted the number will be preceded by a minus symbol (-).  Please check that you have entered the correct symbol when placing your order.  If no plus or minus symbol is indicated for the sphere value on your prescription, you should generally read this as a plus (+). 

Cylinder (CYL) - Only used in cases of astigmatism.

The cylinder value indicates an astigmatism of the cornea. You can find this value on your current prescription abbreviated to CYL. Please take care with these signs on your order.  Please check that you have entered the correct symbol when placing your order.  If no plus or minus symbol is indicated for the cylinder value on your prescription, you should generally read this as a plus (+).  

Axis (A / AXIS)  -  Only used in cases of astigmatism.

The axis value is given in degrees and describes how the lens is positioned in your glasses, in order to correct an astigmatism. The axis value ensures that the lenses are perfectly aligned in your glasses.  You can find this value on your current prescription abbreviated to A. The axis number is always between 0° and 180°.

Addition (ADD) – Only used for varifocals and reading glasses

The addition value, also known as near addition, is only used for varifocals and reading glasses. You can find this value on your current prescription abbreviated to ADD. The addition number is the same for both eyes and you will often see it written only once on your prescription. 

Pupillary distance

The pupillary distance measures from the centre point of each of your pupils to the middle of the bridge of your nose, and is given in millimetres. In most cases the pupillary distance can be found on your prescription abbreviated to PD. You will usually have a separate number for each eye.  The pupillary distance number is generally between 25 and 38 mm.

In some cases the pupillary distance is given as a single number and generally lies between 50 und 76 mm. When ordering your glasses divide this number by two, and use the resulting number for both your right and left eyes (eg a pupillary distance of 60mm should be entered on your order as 30 mm for the right eye and 30 mm for the left eye).

Don’t worry if you don’t know your pupillary distance. Use our guide “Finding your pupillary distance" or simply leave the PD field on your order blank and our opticians will contact you directly by email once you have placed your order.

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* Sum of regular shop price for the frame and the recommended retail price (RRP) for two anti-reflective, scratch-resistant single vision plastic lenses (refraction index 1.5) no greater than sph. +6.0/-6.0 D; cyl. +2.0/-2.0 D.

** All frames include two anti-reflective, scratch-resistant single vision plastic lenses (refraction index 1.5) no greater than sph. +6.0/-6.0 D; cyl. +2.0/-2.0 D.

The crossed out prices without RRP are the standard prices at Mister Spex.