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I recently began to feel a strain in my left eye, it is like a pulling feeling. Also noticed red veins in both my eyes, and vision seems worse slightly in left that in right. I sometimes squint my eye unknown to myself when on the computer or playing games. Been wearing glasses since I was 9 and since about 13 been wearing them all the time, vision has gotten gradually worse. I am 18 now and suffer with anxiety too. Feeling of pressure around my nose and forehead too since the other day. Do I need new glasses? Been nearly three years since I last had my eyes checked. Does this sound like something serious or just out of date glasses? Should also note that my glasses do have some scratches on them.
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I have had a lazy eye since a young age and had surgery when I was 11. I am 16 now and my lazy eye has come back and I’m getting double vision with my contact lenses/glasses on. This has been going on for some weeks and it’s starting to deteriorate. I went to the opticians and he has referred me as well as my doctor and said I should get some glasses with prisms in that would make my vision better and stop the double vision. This hasn’t helped at all and I am really struggling. If you could give me some advice as what to do that would be much appreciated. My prescription. +7.00 left eye, +4.3.75 right eye, and +2.00 prisms in each eye.
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I have worn these glasses for two days and have headaches and vision is not very clear.
How long will it take to fully adjust?
My prescription went from +1.50/+1.75 to +1.25/+1.25 what do the numbers mean? Is the eyesight getting worse?
I’m 20 years old and one of my eyes has recently started to get teary often and i’ll have to blink a few times for it to go normal, and even then it’s a bit worse than the other eye. I’ve been wearing glasses since 10 and only noticed this a few weeks ago, it has a pressure or pulling feeling to it? I have quite a poor diet and don’t drink a lot of water, I also work on a computer for the majority of the day. Is this serious or just need a prescription change?
I’m 18 and I wear glasses. I have recently started to experience a ”pulling feeling” on my right eye, and I have noticed the vision in this eye takes slightly longer to focus, and sometimes experiences symptoms of dry eye like being blurry until I blink a bit. It is slightly worse than my left eye. Is this a sign that I need new glasses? Been two years since I last got my glasses changed.
My husband had a right occipital stroke two months ago and as a result, now has quadrantanopia. He has had a visual field test, where he had to press a buzzer when he saw spots but failed to see 17 spots, all in the top left hand corner of his vision. Bizarrely, he doesnt realise he can’t see properly – he doesn’t have a blind spot or anything like that. He thinks his vision is the same as before
His vision is otherwise 20/20, he doesn’t need spectacles, except to read – can we expect him to lose his licence because of this visual loss. As I say, his loss is all in the top left hand corner of his vision.
I have varifocals and had them for a few years. Onay had a sight test 10 months ago….get on fine with them except I get red sore eyes when using the computer or playing games on a tablet…….help! Do I need yet another pair for computer work?
I have a glasses made two years ago, I can see and read quite normal without the glasses, but if the text is in small print, I need a magnifier to make it easier to see. But when I wear my glasses, I can see the text much clearer, brighter. The problem is, my eyes get tired after 20-30 minutes of wearing to read a book. I also experimenting wearing a normal 1.5x optical glasses, which make the text bigger, but I eye still get tired after 40 minutes of wearing, slightly longer. The question is, is this normal? Should I wear the prescription glasses or the normal 1.5x glasses?