Combine and .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Reorder terms.

Use the vertex form, , to determine the values of , , and .

Find the vertex .

Find the distance from the vertex to a focus of the parabola by using the following formula.

Substitute the value of into the formula.

Simplify.

Combine and .

Cancel the common factor of and .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factors.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Multiply the numerator by the reciprocal of the denominator.

Multiply by .

The directrix of a parabola is the vertical line found by subtracting from the x-coordinate of the vertex if the parabola opens left or right.

Substitute the known values of and into the formula and simplify.

Find the Directrix x-2=1/8(y+1)^2