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Written answer: Beams from street lights

Why do I see like beams coming out of street lights etc at night time! Been happening for nearly two years now and it is bothering me, do I need glasses?

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Written answer: Will the NHS help?

I am 82 and have lost my glasses from speck savers will the NHS help. Regards William

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Written answer: Ghosting of images

I’ve been having issues with faint “double vision” or ghost images for a while now. It is only present when I look at bright lights or sharp contrasts such as a white text against a black background (and a light shining on the text).

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Written answer: Poor night vision

I am 19 and my night vision is bad. It is quite, staticy, fuzzy, grainy would be the best way to describe it. During the day I don’t notice it because of the good lighting but at night if I look into an area of the room that’s darks it is fuzzy and grainy.

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Written answer: Is prism required?

Following cataract surgery with toric IOLs I now have a residual astigmatism in one eye. The right has no astigmatism. But the left has -0.50 astigmatism. My optician gave me glasses with a 1 prism in both eyes and I could not tolerate this, it made me feel dizzy. Do I need prisms?

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Written answer: Cannot drive because of loss of peripheral vision

I have lost my right peripheral vision in both eyes from a brain surgery in 1999 & 2000. The doctors warned me before surgery that I will not be able to drive at all. Can you explain to me throughly why it is not recommended to drive?

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Written answer: When am I supposed to wear glasses?

I’m not sure when I’m supposed to wear my glasses?

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Written answer: Blurred vision in contact lenses

I have just started to wear contact lenses (toric). The trial went well and I picked up my prescription six days ago. The first two days were fine but ever since everything seems to be blurry. I have to use over readers for close work but even they don’t seem as good now!

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Written answer: Conjunctivitis and contact lenses

I started to get conjunctivitis on Tuesday night. I bath my eyes with cotton wool and cooled down boiled water. I woke up in the middle of the night (early hours Wednesday) to my eyes being stuck together.

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Written answer: Suitable frames

I am about to buy glasses online from the site link below and am not sure if this is suitable to my prescription needs. I have filled in the boxes to the best of my ability to match the prescription details outlined below.

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