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Written answer: Reglazing own frames

On what grounds does a Specsavers store refuse to glaze an adequate frame not purchased in a Specsavers store with a current prescription obtained in a recent eye test?

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Written answer: Does the NHS cover the cost of bifocal lenses?

Does the NHS cover the cost of bifocal lenses?

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Written answer: Occasional eye floaters

I’m 14 and I have eye floaters occasionally and I’m scared that it might be something serious. I looked it up and it said it could be retinal detachment so I look up the test and it had a grid but It looked normal. I also have glasses if that means anything.

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Written answer: Mono-vision contact lenses

In regards to contact lens, what is “mono-vision”? My impression is one negative lens and one positive lens (for farsighted and nearsighted). Since I started wearing contacts in 2006, my prescription is for reading and one eye requires a higher power setting. My prescription is +4.50 and +3.50. Does this constitute a mono-vision prescription?

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Written answer: Do I qualify?

I am 18 and I am in first year of university. Does this count as under 19 in full-time education? Or do I need to fill out an NHS HC1 form to see whether I qualify on financial grounds?

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Written answer: Do I need to buy glasses?

Please could you help? Last eye test:

Right = 0.00, -0.25, 140, 6+4.5
Left = +0.25, 0.50, 60, +4.5-1

I understand it’s a low prescription for reading glasses, I’m using computer & have increased paperwork which is I believe the reason for increased headaches! Do I need to spend money in opticians (which are expensive!) on glasses or can I buy reading glasses from anywhere? If so what number do I buy? I have looked, the lowest usually about +1.50, not sure as my understanding is limited!

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Written answer: What should be the contact lens prescription

I wear glasses and my prescription is: right eye, sphere -2.00, cylinder -1.25, axis 97.5
left eye, sphere -1.75, cylinder -1.25, axis 100.
What in your opinion should the contact lens prescription be?

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Written answer: Sudden deterioration in vision

Over the last two days my vision has become blurred, both reading and seeing at a difference, everything is noticeably different. I don’t wear glasses but do have an appointment on the 1st. Does eyesight change just like that, it’s been a dramatic change literally overnight.

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Written answer: Itchy, stinging red eyes after wearing contact lenses

When I first wore contact lenses after an hour I felt itchy and stinging eyes, red eyes. After removing the lenses I still feel those symptoms. My questions is what is wrong with my eyes and why it happens and what I should do?

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Written answer: Tired eyes and headaches on the computer

Lately my eyes have been feeling tired/heavy and I get headaches which result in migraines around the temples after using the computer after a few hours (I sit in front of a computer for at least 12 hours a day).

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