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Reading addition is not stated on new prescription


My prescription from Specsavers years years ago shows ADD +1.50 for both Right and Left eyes. My new prescription of one week ago has no ADD values at all. Surely my eyes have not changed this much ? I am 68 years old.

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

It may have been missed off your prescription. The reading ADD should be shown underneath the distance prescription, or the reading prescription may have been written out in full taking the reading ADD into consideration, in which case you will have two written prescriptions, one underneath the other. 

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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