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Written answer: Wearing contact lenses with dry eyes

I have a quick question about Specsaver’s contact lenses. I just don’t seen to be able to wear contact lenses comfortably – neither monthly or daily ones – due to problems of dry eye and blepharitis.

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Written answer: Discomfort in daily toric contact lenses

What are my options for toric lenses? I’ve tried out Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism, and Focus Dailies Toric. The former felt too big for my eyes (I could feel them at the edges of my eyes and they moved about a bit causing fuzzy vision), so I tried the latter, which were initially comfortable and didn’t move about, but dried out and made my eyes unbearably itchy after a couple of hours.

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Written answer: Cost of an eye test?

I’ve recently been doing driving lessons and on several occasions I have been asked to read a back licence plate number, and I was unable to do so. I don’t know whether my eyes are bad or whether I’m not long sighted? If I wanted to get my eyes tested how much would it be?

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Written answer: Right eye is hurting with contact lens

My right eye keeps hurting and I can’t wear my contact lenses, it feels like its coming from the back of the eye sometimes. I have had a corneal abrasion before and I wondered whether it was this again. My eye isn’t red it just feels achy and feels worse with contact lenses, is there any eye drops I can get for this or should I book in to get it checked out?

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Written answer: Chilli on contact lenses

I have got chilly on my contacts … I had some chilly on my fingers left from the food I eat. I had cleaned my hands before I was taking out my contacts. I’ve have them in my eyes, they do water at first but okay after a while. Is it safe to keep them in?

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Written answer: Eye feels tight with dark circles under eyes

Under my right eyes feels tight when I smile and I have started to get some dark circles under both my eyes. This is only happening from last week. Few weeks ago, I felt a nerve pulling sensation inside my right eye when at gym and after that it was perfectly fine. Sometimes when I close my eyes, they feel slightly warm. I would be grateful to receive some advice from professionals like yourself.

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Written answer: Glasses do not make any difference

I have recently been for an eye test and they told me I was short sighted so I got some glasses. When I wear my glasses there is no difference in my eye sight from when I wasn’t wearing my glasses and I have no trouble seeing long distance objects so I’m wondering is there even any point in me wearing them?

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Written answer: Swam in the sea in contact lenses

I recently (today) swam in the sea for approximately an hour with my daily disposable contact lenses. I kept the lenses in for approximately 10 hours and showered with them during this time.
I read that it is dangerous to swim with lenses as it can lead to severe infections (loss of sight). I didn’t know this before swimming however. So I’m a bit worried and I was wondering what I could do to limit the damage done?

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Written answer: Eyes run on and off

I have oil that runs out of my eyes most nights. Sometimes like today it runs during the day as well.
I have had this problem on and off for many years, it never really goes away. I have tried all of the eye drops and ointments going several times over the years, but nothing helps completely. I also have tiny lumps on my eyelid. I went to see a nurse but she didn’t even look at my eyes. So is this something I can see an optician about? I don’t know what else to do now! As I don’t know what is causing the problem.

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Written answer: Am I able to use glasses for the visual field test?

I am very short sighted -8.00. If I am required to do the visual fields test in the future, am I able to use my glasses or contact lenses as I am sure I would struggle without them?

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