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Written answer: Would like to buy gas permeable lenses from Specsavers

I recently bought spectacles from Specsavers in Lymington and was mega impressed. I have a prescription for lenses, I’ve worn rigid gas permeable lenses for years and would like to buy from Specsavers. By the way one of the lenses must be toric (astigmatism correction).

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Written answer: Availability of coloured contact lenses

I see many people asking for Circle lenses, have you heard of Acuvue Define, it is a trusted brand after all. Will you be looking into stocking anything like that?

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Written answer: Is there any link between heat compresses to the eyes and cataract?

I have dry eye and have been told to by a mgb rx eye bag. I have heard there is a link between these bags and cataracts? Indeed heat compresses in general? I’m 42 if it makes any difference. I don’t want to take any risks. I’m using Systane eye drops five times a day and blink intensive tears twice a day and lacrilube at night. Is this the best drops for dry eye? My GP was not that interested?

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Written answer: What do prisms do?

I have recently been given a new prescription of R –0.75, L –1.50 with 1.00 out prism in both eyes. Whilst I am finding that many things are now easier (driving, watching tv, even waitressing!) I don’t really understand what the prisms do (I’ve never had them before) and I’m not sure how often I should be wearing them?

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Written answer: Photo shows one eye to be white on flash photograph

My eldest son took one photo of my five month old baby and it showed his left eye to be bright white, the photo was taken on an angle in a dim lit restaurant and have not had another picture like it since, the picture was taken on a mobile phone. I have noticed that some but not all of his photos his pupils can be a bit orange, red in colour is that normal and would an optician see a baby so young? My middle boy also sometimes has an orange pupil but he’s been tested and his eyes are fine, am I right to worry?

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Written answer: Risks of swimming in contact lenses

I have worn contact lenses for many years and never knew that I shouldn’t swim while wearing my lenses. I have always done so and never had any problems. I had a contact lenses check up today in Plymouth and we discussed this which has since made me worry about what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years. I assume that any issues to do with this would have been identified today at my check up.

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Written answer: Nine year old wants to try glasses

My son is nine years old, he wears glasses (his prescription is high) but the problem as he is growing he starts feeling bad wearing them and especially outside when he starts not wearing them anymore. I talked to him about contact lenses, he is so happy to have them but I’m afraid that he cannot wear them since he hardly let the optician put in drops in his eyes. I really do not know what to do?

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Written answer: Flashes and floaters in both eyes at the same time

I’m a 25 years old female and unfortunately, very nearsighted. About five years ago I started seeing a lot of gray/black floaters, flashes of light, and million tiny flickering circles when I was looking at the bright blue sky. I went to the ophthalmologist and after a dilated eye exam he said that my eyes were healthy and that I didn’t have posterior vitreous detachment. He didn’t even understand why I was seeing all these things in my vision and he advised me to go and check my blood pressure! I also had a blood test and an MRI of the brain because I was freaking out, but results came back normal.

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Written answer: Son struggles to write and may be related to Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome

My question is that, is this, in your opinion, something that might help him? I have had a look at various websites pertaining to SSS – Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome/Irlen Syndrome and would very much value your opinion. My son says that he also struggles to write, stating that he finds the paper ‘too white and bright’. I am very grateful for your opinion. We live in Harrogate but would be quite prepared to travel to see someone expertly qualified in this field.

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Written answer: Recent blurred vision in one eye

In the last seven days I have developed blurred vision in my right eye and it is getting worse every day. Could this be a reaction to taking Tamoxifen which I’ve been on now for about seven weeks? I wear spectacles and the vision in my right eye is no better with the spectacles on or off.

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