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Written answer: Will I get a reminder letter?

I am not sure when I will need to go to get my eye test again. do you get a letter when you are next need to get them tested?

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Written answer: Contact lenses for allergies?

Is there a specific type of contact lenses that would be good for seasonal allergies? I also have an astigmatism in one eye, so I need to make sure there is a lens that takes care of both my allergies and the astigmatism (because I know there are recommended lenses for allergies alone, but I haven’t found any for astigmatisms)

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Written answer: Do I need to wear this prescription all the time?

Do I need to wear this prescription all the time;
Right, sph: -0.50
Left; sph: -0.50, cyl: -0.25, axis: 85.0

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Written answer: Will these glasses help my four year old's squint?

My four year old has had a lazy eye/squint since he was a baby. It has been monitored every six months at the hospital since he was about a year old. His eyes tend to go outwards opposed to inwards. So far, he hasn’t had any corrective measures (i.e. patches etc). We had his follow-up appointment yesterday and he has been given a prescription for glasses but I am struggling to understand it! It says Right: Sph -0.50 Cyl +1.50 Axis 90 and Left Sph -0.50 Cyl +1.50 Axis 80. Will glasses help his squint or are they purely for vision?

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Written answer: Do I need glasses for distance?

I definitely need glasses for near vision and have been told I now need them for distance vision. I can still see signs etc clearly in the distance. I got varifocals 10 days ago but I am struggling outside with them and cannot drive in them as the perception is not true to me and I find it hard to concentrate. I feel as though I am not ready for distance glasses at the moment, what do you think? My prescription is:

Sph. Cyl. Axis. Near
R+0.75 -0.50 10 +2.25
L+0.75 -0.50 160 + 2.25

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Written answer: Eyes stuck together in the morning

I think I may have an eye infection. For the last week or so I have been waking up and my eyes have been stuck together with hard yellowish green sleep. Also when I went to wear my contact lenses my eyes started to burn so I have stopped wearing them but seep has still appeared on my eyes overnight.

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Written answer: Do I have to pay for an eye test?

I only work 16 hours a week and don’t claim any benefits, do I have to pay for an eye test?

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Written answer: White flashes in one eye

On Sunday I was in a vehicle that had to brake hard at 80 MPH to avoid a collision. I was thrown forward and came back on the headrest. On Monday I experienced white flashes in my left eye. I was hoping that this would stop by itself in a few days. However it is Thursday and the lights continue. We are leaving on Saturday for a four day trip to Florida. Can I wait until I return on Wednesday to see the eye doctor?

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Written answer: Left eye has started turning in

As a child I had a lazy eye and was slightly long sighted. I wore glasses (and later contact lenses) until I was around 30, then started only wearing glasses at my computer. The last time I had my eyes tested was in 2011, and my prescription was so slight that the optician told me I didn’t really need to wear my glasses anymore (I am +0.5 in one eye and +0.25 in the other). My lazy eye was always corrected by my glasses and by the time I stopped wearing them I had pretty much forgotten all about it.

I have noticed in the last few months however that sometimes my left eye turns in a little, like when it was lazy. It is not very noticeable, but it does bother me.

Do you think it would be a good idea to start wearing glasses again, even at the very low prescription? Would this be likely to correct a lazy eye at my age (37)?

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Written answer: Dull ache in right eye

I have had a dull ache in my right eye, it feels like it is in my eye coming under my eye lid if that makes sense. I do not have blurry vision just aches. My eye is not swollen or red. I am not sick or wear any type of contact lens or glasses.

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