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Will this small prescription help with symptoms of eye strain?


My Prescription for eyeglasses is:

Right eye: Sph +0.25; Cyl -0.50; Axis 95
Left: Sph - 0.25; -Cyl -0.25; Axis 90

Aided VA:

Right 6/6
Left 6/6

The difference with and without lenses seems to be very subtle. However, the optician told me that it will help to minimise the eye strain while reading and using computer.

I am not sure whether I should spend money on the eyeglasses or not. I will be grateful for any word of advice.

I would be grateful for the answers with some sort of reasoning/explanation
two days ago. The reason why I went to see the optician was because I was getting headaches after long hours of reading and computer use. He said that it will definitely sort out the problem. In his office I tried to read with the lenses on and I could read faster and it was more enjoyable. He said that one of my eyes is long distance vision and other one is short distance and therefore I need glasses to sort of equalize them and facilitate the focusing process.

Answer Written answer:

Your prescription is quite small, but there is a difference between the two eyes. Normally these small prescriptions are not much of a problem, but when using the computer for many hours and doing a lot of close work, it becomes more significant and the small uncorrected prescription can cause symptoms of eye strain.  It is always difficult for the optometrist to decide if the problems you are experiencing are due to this small refractive error, and there is no absolute certainty that correcting it will relieve your symptoms. However, if our symptoms are persistent and annoying and you noticed a benefit in the consulting room, then I think it is worth a try. You don't after all, have to spend a great deal on glasses nowadays.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 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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