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Written answer: Eye strain and pulling in one eye

I recently began to feel a strain in my left eye, it is like a pulling feeling. Also noticed red veins in both my eyes, and vision seems worse slightly in left that in right. I sometimes squint my eye unknown to myself when on the computer or playing games. Been wearing glasses since I was 9 and since about 13 been wearing them all the time, vision has gotten gradually worse. I am 18 now and suffer with anxiety too. Feeling of pressure around my nose and forehead too since the other day. Do I need new glasses? Been nearly three years since I last had my eyes checked. Does this sound like something serious or just out of date glasses? Should also note that my glasses do have some scratches on them.

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Written answer: How quickly can you provide glasses after the eye test?

How quickly can you provide glasses after the eye test?

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Written answer: Double vision because of lazy eye

I have had a lazy eye since a young age and had surgery when I was 11. I am 16 now and my lazy eye has come back and I’m getting double vision with my contact lenses/glasses on. This has been going on for some weeks and it’s starting to deteriorate. I went to the opticians and he has referred me as well as my doctor and said I should get some glasses with prisms in that would make my vision better and stop the double vision. This hasn’t helped at all and I am really struggling. If you could give me some advice as what to do that would be much appreciated. My prescription. +7.00 left eye, +4.3.75 right eye, and +2.00 prisms in each eye.

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Written answer: Headaches and blurred vision with new prescription

My eye power has been changed from
before
RE=+3.25 LE=+3.25

NOW
RE=+3.00 LE=+3.00

I have worn these glasses for two days and have headaches and vision is not very clear.
How long will it take to fully adjust?

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Written answer: Is eyesight getting worse?

My prescription went from +1.50/+1.75 to +1.25/+1.25 what do the numbers mean? Is the eyesight getting worse?

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Written answer: Watery eye with pulling feeling

I’m 20 years old and one of my eyes has recently started to get teary often and i’ll have to blink a few times for it to go normal, and even then it’s a bit worse than the other eye. I’ve been wearing glasses since 10 and only noticed this a few weeks ago, it has a pressure or pulling feeling to it? I have quite a poor diet and don’t drink a lot of water, I also work on a computer for the majority of the day. Is this serious or just need a prescription change?

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Written answer: Vision takes longer to focus

I’m 18 and I wear glasses. I have recently started to experience a ”pulling feeling” on my right eye, and I have noticed the vision in this eye takes slightly longer to focus, and sometimes experiences symptoms of dry eye like being blurry until I blink a bit. It is slightly worse than my left eye. Is this a sign that I need new glasses? Been two years since I last got my glasses changed.

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Written answer: Loss of visual field after a stroke

My husband had a right occipital stroke two months ago and as a result, now has quadrantanopia. He has had a visual field test, where he had to press a buzzer when he saw spots but failed to see 17 spots, all in the top left hand corner of his vision. Bizarrely, he doesnt realise he can’t see properly – he doesn’t have a blind spot or anything like that. He thinks his vision is the same as before

His vision is otherwise 20/20, he doesn’t need spectacles, except to read – can we expect him to lose his licence because of this visual loss. As I say, his loss is all in the top left hand corner of his vision.

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Written answer: Sore eyes when using the computer

I have varifocals and had them for a few years. Onay had a sight test 10 months ago….get on fine with them except I get red sore eyes when using the computer or playing games on a tablet…….help! Do I need yet another pair for computer work?

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Written answer: Eyes tired after reading

I have a glasses made two years ago, I can see and read quite normal without the glasses, but if the text is in small print, I need a magnifier to make it easier to see. But when I wear my glasses, I can see the text much clearer, brighter. The problem is, my eyes get tired after 20-30 minutes of wearing to read a book. I also experimenting wearing a normal 1.5x optical glasses, which make the text bigger, but I eye still get tired after 40 minutes of wearing, slightly longer. The question is, is this normal? Should I wear the prescription glasses or the normal 1.5x glasses?

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