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Written answer: Is there a problem if only one eye shows a red pupil in a photo?

Is there a problem if only one eye shows a red pupil in a photo?

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Written answer: Help towards the cost of glasses

I have type 2 diabetes. I know that I am entitled to a free sight test & I know that I need new glasses. My question is as my family receives working family tax credit, does this entitle me with help towards the price of new glasses please?

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Written answer: Can children receive colour tinted lenses through the NHS?

Can children receive colour tinted lenses through the NHS?

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Written answer: Could I wear one contact lens for reading?

I have had laser surgery on both eyes. Even though I was told that I would need glasses, nobody mentioned the option of having ‘monovision’ so that I could have had laser surgery on just on eye. I use reading glasses, but I wondered if I could wear a contact lens in just one eye only which would replace the reading glasses?

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Written answer: Can I fly if I have glaucoma

My left eye has twice the pressure of my right eye. My doctor thinks I might have Glaucoma. I’m going on holiday in two weeks time. If I have got Glaucoma will this stop me flying.

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Written answer: Coloured swirls in high index lenses

My prescription is -10.5 in each eye. I bought a pair of eyeglasses (1.74 high index) and another pair of coloured prescription eyeglassess (1.67). When I look at the lenses, both pairs show coloured swirls like a rainbow, although the coloured pair is a lot more visible. I questioned the eyeglass shop and they said that is normal due to the high strength of my prescription and high index lenses. Is this true? I had ordered them without antireflective coating as I do not like it when it deteriorates.

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Written answer: Referred to specialist for a patch on retina

I saw an optician today who has referred me to a specialist at the hospital as there is a patch on the back of my retina that is pale? I had an eye exam two years prior and this wasn’t mentioned. I couldn’t really understand what the optician was saying so a bit confused?

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Written answer: Told best to choose oval shaped frames for high prescription

I am very short sighted (don’t know the prescription) and the optician at my last eye test said I could only choose oval shaped lenses to go in the frames. Is this correct? I am due another eye test on the 26th January 2014 and need to know what type of glasses I can choose to wear.

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Written answer: Referred for optic nerve asymmetry

I have been referred to a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon by my Optician.
Diagnosis: Optic Disc Cupping with normal visual fields and intraocular pressures/family history of glaucoma

Visual Activity: 6/7.5 right and 6/6 left
Plan: OCT Retinal nerve fibre layer and repeat visual fields in one year

When I went to the Consultant he completed the above tests and said to me that “everything was fine and I will see you again in a year”.

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Written answer: How much do I get towards glasses on JSA?

I have just got job seekers allowance and my eyes are due to be tested again. How much will I get towards glasses and eye test?

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