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Written answer: Concerns about new glasses

I had an eye test with yourselves and today collected my classes and have concerns/ questions which were not addressed today.

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Video and written answer: Is it serious to have flashes?

Is it serious to have flashes to the side of right eye followed by ring shaped floater?

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Written answer: Circle of crystals and blurred vision

I am seeing circle of crystals and blurred vision-no headache. What causes this?

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Written answer: Headaches and eye pain disappeared with glasses

I had an eye test a month or so ago after not having one for at least 10 years. I had been suffering with constant headaches and pains and discomfort around eyes, temples and forehead. On having the eye examination the optician told me I was short sighted and had astigmatism so I would need some glasses for computer work, tv etc. On wearing the glasses I noticed I could see I lot sharper which was great and the head/eye pain pretty much disappeared for about 10 days, however they have come back and for two weeks or so I have been getting exactly the same symptoms as before and I am quite concerned, especially about the headaches. Do I need to go back and have another check?

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Written answer: Laser surgery may not be possible because of astigmatism

I have been wearing glasses for about five years and I’m 27 they have not got terribly worse but I find that when I take my glasses off my eyes feel blurred, I was told that I have astigmatism or miss shaped eye. I was considering laser eye surgery but someone said this might not be possible with a miss shape eye is this right.

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Written answer: Contact lens in my prescription are not readily available

I used to be part of CLBP and had the following prescription;
Right -0.75 -2.25 180
Left -1.00 -1.25 180
I left CLBP and have been ordering from lenstore online. I’ve noticed my vision has deteriorated and had a sight test at Tesco opticians, they updated my prescription for my glasses, but for contacts they said my right eye had deteriorated beyond what their toric lenses could offer, so would only be able to trial a closest fit. They also said there aren’t monthly torics available to hit the -3.00 CYL I need. I have found the following type of lenses which will meet the CYL level needed but as Tesco don’t stock it they can’t trial it and so would not supply me with the exact prescription requirement.

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Written answer: Eyestrain on the computer screen all day

I work on computers all day and recently I have noticed that there is a lot of strain on my eyes. It makes them very dry and I get headaches and sickness. I know its really hard work on my eyes staring at a computer and small numbers on paper all day longer. I wondered if there was anything you could recomend? I am 22 years old. Thank you

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Written answer: Thinnest lens for this prescription

I use contact lenses but I feel very uncomfortable and I wear glasses, please advise on the thinnest lens for my prescription.

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Written answer: Headaches more often

I’m 12 weeks pregnant and I wear my contact lenses every day, but recently I’ve found I have been getting headaches more and more often. Is this normal? Should I be wearing my contacts less or not at all as the headaches often affect my balance as well.

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Written answer: Glasses are heavy and uncomfortable

I am 32 years old. I just started wearing eye glasses almost two years. Within 18 months my eyes worsened due to wearing glasses. I am really uncomfortable with my second prescription its feels very heavy and uncomfortable. Instead of helping me it seems like they are causing more problems to my vision. Please advise if moving from 1.5 to 2.5 is what is causing my eyes to be uncomfortable especially the left eye. Sometimes they water and I have to blink a lot when wearing the glasses. Please advise, I hate wearing glasses and they give me headaches sometimes to.

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