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Meaning of cylinder on a prescription


What does cylinder mean on my prescription?

Answer Video and written answer:

If you are astigmatic, your prescription will include a figure for the amount of cylindrical power which your lenses require. The number describes the difference in dioptres between your cornea's steepest and shallowest curves.

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Dr Nigel Best DOptom MCOptom FBCLA FAAO has worked as an optometrist for Specsavers for 17 years, both in his own practice and with the Professional Training department. He has a particular interest in dry eye and contact lenses and has had a number of academic papers published.
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