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Written answer: Blurred vision with glare

I wear glasses with a higher prescription for the left than the right. Recently I’ve found that my eyes seem blurry quite often and like there is a layer of film over them causing a glare when I try to focus. It makes it harder for me to see clearly meaning I’m straining more which makes me blink constantly and it makes it difficult to keep my eyes open without then hurting.

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Written answer: Driving license revoked on visual field grounds

I have recently had my license for private car driving revoked on visual field grounds. I have glaucoma in both eyes.I have written to the DVLA medical section advising them of my intention to appeal and requesting my test results, I am awaiting a reply.

I am writing to ask if you can carry out the Esterman test on my vision and advise me as to whether it is worth appealing based on the comparative results of that test against my original results. I am aware there will be a cost involved.

My appeal would be on the grounds of the new test and the distractions etc. that occurred during the original test.

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Written answer: Strange feeling in right eye

For the past two days or so days I’ve been having a very strange feeling in my right eye. It feels uncomfortable and I can’t look at anything for a long period of time without wanting to close my eyes, but even if I do close my eyes it feels quite strained. It’s driving me mad! It’s hard to drift off to sleep easily with it, as it can never seem to relax. It feels like it’s constantly being worked. I’m kind of scared about it. I’ve gooogled eye strain, but it has lead me to believe that eye strain is more fatigue related, but this eye doesn’t in any way feel tired. Please help…. getting anxious.

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Written answer: Can astigmatism decrease?

I have just returned from a visit to my Optometrist. I have been experiencing cluster headaches in my eyes. During the examination, he said that my astigmatism has gone better, so I required weaker glasses, as the stronger lenses may be causing my headaches. Is it actually possible for astigmatism to improve? As I have always assumed that it can decline but never improve.

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Written answer: Black tinted contact lens for retinal dystrophy

My daughter has a form of retinal dystrophy. She is aged 28. She is also registered visually impaired. Her condition leads her to experience severe photophobia due to her ‘slow vision’. We are in the hands of Moorfields Eye Hospital, and she wears ‘black’ prescription contact lenses which have been prescribed to her over the years. These significantly help her although even in only reasonably bright light, she still has to wear sunglasses over the top of these. She has ordered a new pair of contact lenses today through Moorfields but has been told that they may only be able to obtain a dark grey tint for her this time, as it appears the black ones are difficult to obtain. I just wondered whether Specsavers could make a black tint contact lens, as dark as possible? Thanks, I would be grateful to hear your advice.

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Written answer: Can I reuse my rimless frame?

Can I reuse my current rimless frames but add the new lenses to them?

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Written answer: How does the HC3 certificate work?

I received my HC3 certificate and it says “for glasses you pay £104.90”.
The glasses I like are £99, how does this work?

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Written answer: Was a right not to change the prescription?

I am 71.
My prescription in 2010 was
Right: Dist: Sph +2.50, Cyl -0.50, Axis 95.0 Near +5.25, -0.50, 95.0
Left: Dist: Sph +2.50, Cyl -0.75, Axis 80.0 Near +5.25, -0.75, 80.0

In Sept 2013 the measurements were
Right Dist +2.75, -0.50, 98.0, Near +5.50, -0.50, 98.0
Left Dist +2.75, -0.75, 86.0 Near +5.50, -0.75, 86.0

I was told that I didn’t really need to change glasses. Was I right to stay with the old ones, as I feel that my eyes can get quite tired by the end of the day.

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Written answer: Swimming and wearing contact lenses

Can my daughter wear contact lenses to go swimming? My daughter is going to a water park with her friends soon. As she has a strong prescription (-4.5 in both eyes) it will be difficult to be put without glasses. She will be out all afternoon going on slides, swimming etc and will be wearing goggles. I have heard there is some kind of infections you can get but she wears daily disposables which she will take out after swimming as soon as possible. She is only 13 and I was wondering if this was better or worse that she is young? Any advice will be much appreciated.

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Written answer: New contact lenses are uncomfortable

I was sent a letter from Specsavers telling me that my monthly contact lenses were to be upgraded for free in my next set. I put the new lenses in for the first time yesterday and had some discomfort so had to remove them by lunchtime. The same has happened again today so I’ve now removed them. They felt almost as if I was wearing some old lenses that needed replacing.

Please could you advise me on what to do? Im not sure if there’s a quick way to get some other lenses. I’m away at university at the moment so can’t go to my usual specsavers – can I just visit another?

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