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What does axis in contact lenses mean?

The axis figure on prescription contact lenses is for people who have astigmatism and indicates the required location of cylindrical power on the lens. This determines the angle of vision correction that someone with astigmatism would need, due to the irregular curvature of their eye, which can be described as shaped like a rugby ball. Axis is part of your prescription, and tells an optometrist in which direction they must position any cylindrical power in your lenses that is required for astigmatism. The number shows the orientation or angle (in degrees) from 1 to 180. The number 90 means vertical position, and 180 horizontal. A higher number for the axis does not mean that your prescription is stronger, it simply describes the position of the astigmatism.

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Meridians of the eye are determined by superimposing a protractor scale on the eye’s front surface. The 90-degree meridian is the vertical meridian of the eye, and the 180-degree meridian is the horizontal meridian.

The axis is the lens meridian that does not contain cylinder power, defined by a number between 1 and 180 degrees. The eye doctor will determine the axis during a refraction (vision test). The number 90 represents the eye’s vertical meridian, whereas the number 180 represents the horizontal meridian. 

The axis in contact lenses does not indicate the strength of an eyeglass prescription. Instead, these numbers reflect the location of any astigmatism present. 

This will be helpful for opticians when an eyeglass prescription has cylinder power (CYL value).  The axis value directs where to place the power in the lenses, so individuals with astigmatism can see better. 

In eyeglass prescriptions, optometrists will notate both the cylinder power (strength of astigmatism correction needed) and cylinder axis. If the axis is 180 degrees, you may see it notated as x180.

Individuals with a “normal” eye axis will not see these values in their eyeglass prescriptions because they do not have astigmatism. People with a normal eye axis have strong and clear vision because the light is falling at the right place on the retina.

Dr Nigel Best, explains what the categories and numbers on your glasses prescription actually mean.

Consult Optometrist

Book an appointment with a Malaya Optical Optometrist today to learn more about optimum fitting and contact lens base curve. You can also visit our page for answers to your questions about vision correction with contact lenses.

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What does water content of a contact lens mean?

Water content is one of the most important parameters when choosing quality contact lens. Water content also is an important factor of the various plastics which are used to make soft contact lenses. In the cases of conventional soft contact lenses, higher water content of a contact lenses can let more oxygen pass through the lens to the surface of the eye. So this is important for lens comfort and healthy eyes.

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optician vs optometrist vs ophthalmologist

What is Optometry?

Optometry is a primary health care profession which dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the eyesight. Optometric practices include eye examination, dispensing of spectacles for the correction of the refractive error, prescribe contact lenses, as well as provide diagnosis and management of ocular disease.

Optometrist that served in this field of profession examines the eyes not only for vision problems, but also for the early detection of eye diseases and other abnormal systemic conditions. As such, the optometrist can provide his/her treatment plan well to the client so to manage the problems faced, whether to prescribe glasses, provide vision therapy or appropriate referral when necessary.

What is Optometry
Definition of Optometry

Differences between Optician, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist

An optometrist is an eye doctor that can examine, diagnose, and treat your eyes. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who can perform medical and surgical interventions for eye conditions. An optician is a professional who can help fit eyeglasses and dispense lenses.

Difference between optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist
Difference between optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist

Optometrist is a primary health care provider for routine eye care. They provide annual or routine eye examinations, including giving eye health education to their clients. They diagnose eye conditions, ocular disease and provide the right ocular management include prescription of glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, other visual aids or referral to ophthalmologist if there is a necessary. Optometrist also plays an important role in post-surgical eye care.

Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specialise in surgical eye procedures. They perform eye surgeries for various eye disease and conditions such as cataract removal and strabismus surgery, perform laser eye surgery to treat myopia or hyperopia. They also prescribe medication drops to treat glaucoma. Unlike optometrist, they do not prescribe glasses or provide contact lens fitting services.

Optician is a profession that their job scope is dispensing lenses to fit into frame or making glasses. They will assists you in choosing the correct lens and frames that best suit you based on the size, shape, colour and style. Optician does not diagnose eye conditions or provide eye management such as vision therapy or eye health education.

Get your eye tested with the best optometrist in Damansara Uptown or Optometrist near me in Subang Jaya to know more about your eye health. Book an appointment with us to screen your eyes TODAY!

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Essential Service

According to World Health Organization (WHO), optometrists are defined as a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated and regulated (licensed/registered). Optometrists are primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system. In short, optometrists are working under essential services.

In the recent news, the government had revoked our permission to operate in our usual operating hours in phase three of Movement Control Order (MCO). In a letter from Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO) to Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Optometrists request to be classified under “Healthcare Providers” and allow Optometrists to practice under the strict guideline of National Security Council (NSC).

Optometrists and practice owners have received an overwhelming amount of pleads from their patients/customers with emergency issues such as, broken glasses, frame misalignment that leads to poor eye focus, change in refractive error (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia), blurred vision for non spectacle wearers, etc. These conditions can cause major inconvenience such as headaches and migraine that can interrupt running our daily activities.

AMO also said that during MCO, everyone needs a good eyesight. For example, doctors need sharp vision to operate and treat patients. Delivery drivers need a clear vision to ensure their safety while driving. Students and office workers who study and work from home definitely need good vision to maintain productivity.

Today we received a message from a struggling mother, whose son had accidentally broken his glasses. Her child who is in distress and is crying in despair because he said he could not see properly with his broken glasses. Optometrists can help in all above situations. However, as the government does not realise the importance of Optometrists as a essential service provider, we are restricted to serve and fix the problems for customer. We can repair either broken or misaligned glasses and dispense a proper prescription. This is why we, as an optometrists should be considered working under essential services. We do not only sell glasses, we also care for your eyes.

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