How to Measure Pupillary Distance (PD)?

How to Measure Pupillary Distance (PD)?

1. What Is Pupillary Distance (PD)?

PD is the distance between the center of one pupil to the center of the other. Having a correct PD makes sure your eyes match up with the optical center of your lenses. If this number was not provided on your prescription by your eye care professional, you can measure it yourself.

Note: the average PD is between 54 and 78mm.


2. Measure the Pupillary Distance

Pupillary Distance tells the lens maker where to put the optical center on each lens. Generally speaking, your eye doctor may include your PD measurement on your prescription, but if the PD is not available, measure it yourself with a mirror or let your friend help you figure it out.

Step1. Position yourself from your friend or a mirror approximately 8 inches (20cm) away. Make Sure to look straight.

Step 2. Place a simple mm ruler on your nose so that the starting point of the ruler is exactly at your left or right eye pupil. Keep the scale straight.


Step3. You also need to measure the distance from two pupils to the center of nose respectively to make sure that if you have two PDs (OD & OS).


Note: We suggest repeating measuring 2-3 times to be more accurate.